Ever had a favourite article of clothing that was accidentally stained?
Many of us probably hurried to implement emergency procedures – apply vinegar, rinse in cold water, Google the internet frantically for answers – willing to try anything: desperate to save it.
The moment of truth comes however after it’s been through the wash cycle.
With baited breath you pull it out of the machine, turning slowly to the dreaded area, hopeful that you won’t see that stain winking back at you.
Sometimes we’ve been successful; other times not so much.
Now every Christian claims to have had an encounter with Christ, but can the world tell the difference?
“Therefore by their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:20 NKJV
If we continue to speak the same way, act the same way, visit the same places, engage in the same activities we did before our experience with Christ, then what has changed?
2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV tells us, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.”
Another version puts it like this, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” NLT
Simply put, change must be evident.
Does that mean that we’ve become perfect, that we won’t sin? No.
Even when the stain appears to have disappeared, a closer examination of the layers beneath bears evidence of it.
However, you are able to wear the item again!
In the same way, we need God to apply His special stain-remover to us daily.
When we surrender daily to His will, it will show in the way we interact with those around us and in the lifestyle choices we make.
At church this past weekend, a speaker said something that stuck with me.
He said a lot of us claimed to have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, but it looks like we’ve only been washed and rinsed. However, the complete wash cycle involves spinning and our lives are not showing evidence of having been turned around.
We may fool others, my friends, but we cannot fool God.
Let us take our stance seriously. One foot in and one foot out leads us nowhere. We’re either on God’s side, or we’re not.
It’s not too late to get it right.
It’s a new week! You can make a new start!