One day Jim saw a very beautiful set of three candle holders in a shop window. Every day, he made a point of stopping to view them and they seemed to brighten something inside him. It made him feel different as he watched the glittering as the crystal reflected different colours like magic.
Jim fell in love with those pieces. He pulled out all his meagre savings and went to the shop, putting a deposit on them and assuring the shop owner he would pay it off quickly. He denied himself the little extras in his life and the day came when he was able to take his prize home.
He placed them lovingly on the table and admired them.
They immediately became a judgement on the room. He saw the dirt and scratches on the table. He noticed how dirty and drab the curtains were. He saw the paint and wallpaper peeling off the walls. He noticed the stuffing coming out of his chair. He decided the floor needed scrubbing. He looked at himself and felt so unworthy of that magnificent crystal.
Jim set to work. He could not have that beauty sitting there in such squalor. He had to make the room worthy of its new inhabitant. As he kept admiring the crystal, it kept giving him incentive to clean the whole area. He spent all his time cleaning and fixing and it wasn’t long before he had the whole room looking clean and tidy, and he wore clean clothes on a clean body.
Those crystal candle holders still outshone everything. They didn’t look so completely out of place now, but he determined to keep improving.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.
Old things have passed away. All things have become new.
When the Lord Jesus Christ enters into a life, the life changes and the surroundings change. Being crucified with Christ, we see areas of our life that we hadn’t realised were so dark and just not fit for the new Resident. We see things through His eyes and we desire what He desires. We no longer want the grime of the world and worldly pleasures.
Yes, we rejoice that our old nature is dead, but it is still able to raise its ugly head to blind our spirits and lead us astray. We still have to battle our enemies of the world, the flesh and the devil.
Praise God that Christ did not only die to save us, but He lives to keep us. He gave us Holy Spirit and we have His abiding Presence as He continually convicts us and guides us and empowers and enables us. Our loving God has made all the resources of heaven available to us to live victorious lives for Him. We have no excuse for not being the person He intends us to be.
My life changed completely when I responded to the call of Christ
but that wasn’t the end of the story.
He is still showing me areas that need attention.
He is still changing me, molding me into His likeness.
Jim discovered the new ‘resident’ in his life commanded a ‘new’ residence.
Do we need to clean and tidy our “house” to honour our Resident Guest?
Can He truly be “at home” in us, part of every part of our lives?
Do we need to change some priorities?