A preacher was conducting a mission in a mining town and was given a tour through the coal mine. Entering a black, grimy, underground tunnel, he saw some beautiful, shiny, pure-white flowers growing out of the black mine earth.
He was amazed! How could anything, let alone a flower of such great beauty and purity, live in that black grime? He asked his guide for an explanation.
The guide told him to throw some coal dust on the flower and watch to see what happened. The preacher did so.
As soon as the coal dust hit those snowy-white petals, it slid straight off, leaving no trace of coal dust to mar its beauty. The surface of the petals was so smooth that the grit and grime had nothing to hold on to. The dirtiness that surrounded the plant and tainted its leaves, and everything else in the mine, could not get a grip on the glossy flower petals. The dirt could not cling.
Our hearts are like that flower in some ways.
We live in a grimy, sin-filled world.
Although we purposely avoid all forms of evil, we cannot always control our surroundings. As long as we live in this world, we cannot avoid contact with possible corruption. We cannot even go shopping without encountering things which would seek to corrupt our eyes, our ears and our minds.
We WILL come into contact with sin, and we will be affected by it
. . . BUT . . .
SIN WILL NOT CLING and it WILL NOT CONTAMINATE
when our lives are completely surrendered to the will of God.
2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us that Christ TOOK our sins in His own Body on the cross and He GAVE us His own righteousness. When God looks at His adopted, blood-bought children, He does not see our sin, because we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, and God sees us through Him.
Once our sin is repented of, confessed and forgiven, it is COMPLETELY GONE.
Sin no longer mars the beauty of the Christ-life within us.
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow;
though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool
Oh to be more like that flower in the coal mine!
The VERY MOMENT the coal dust TOUCHES its petals,
it SLIDES RIGHT OFF!
We need a “moment by moment” experience;
that every time temptation knocks at our door,
we immediately submit to Christ, resist the devil
and watch him flee from us.
A word to non-believers.
A life of victory over sin is available to you. A life of abiding in the presence of God, having Him as your Guide, your Encourager, your Strength, your ever-present Help in all areas of life is available to you.
Does that sound restrictive? It isn’t. The life that God offers, through the Lord Jesus, who gave Himself for you, is an ABUNDANT life; a life of peace and joy even in difficult times.
Jesus says to you
I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No one comes to the Father, except through Me.
He who comes to Me I will never cast out
Come unto Me all who labour and are heavy laden
and I will give you rest.