Jim was an honest man who worked hard for his wages, but he was uneducated, rough and uncultured.  He never realised the disrepair of his little cottage.

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. 

He has a long way to go but I have His assurance that one day I shall be like Him
(Ephesians 4:13. 1 John 3:2)
Lord, may I be willing to have You change me more!

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?


About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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  1. Rob Barkman says:


    What an illustration of a very powerful spiritual truth. It seems like in today’s time we are forgetting the wonderful inhabitant that we received at our salvation (the Holy Spirit). When we consider that our Lord is indwelling us in the person of the Spirit we will run from sin directly to lives of submission and obedience to His revealed will for us. What a great reminder for us all! Thank you for your faithfulness in presenting Bible truths in a very clear, readable and understandable way. You are reaching many that are not being reached through other ministries (like my own). Lord bless you as you continue to serve Him!

    • Thank you Rob.
      When I became a Christian I was changed – changed in so many ways, and I became aware of things in my life that ‘didn’t fit’. The Lord took away the desire for those things and filled my life with sooooo much more. While He shows us the things that shouldn’t be, and Holy Spirit convicts us, we need to surrender to His enabling to overcome their attraction, and He never fails to give us the victory when we do.

      I do believe that as the world accepts more and more evil as ‘normal’ we need to be in prayer for guidance. We need to depend on Him to show us the evils and to empower us to reject them.

      What a tremendous difference He makes in a life!
      What an amazing God!

  2. admin says:

    Thank you Cloudwatcher! Once we invite Jesus into our lives, he changes us from within. Our tastes begin to change and he does what we find impossible without him.

    • So true admin. My life changed dramatically, but HE is still working, and one day soon – either when I go to meet Him or when He comes for all His redeemed – His work will be complete.

      We are one day closer!

  3. remso says:

    Great story. I loved it, as I could see myself in it. Thank you.

  4. ptl2010 says:

    Cloudwatcher, it reminds me of the song :

    From glory to glory He’s changing me
    Changing me, changing me
    His likeness and image to perfect in me
    The love of God shown to the world
    For He’s changing, changing me
    From Earthly things to the Heavenly
    His likeness and image to perfect in me
    The love of God shown to the world

    Praise God we don’t do the changing ourselves. He is our help!

    • Yes, He IS changing me . . . and if ever I feel I’m not still changing, it will be time to examine myself and see what is hindering progress.

      I think of an old preacher’s quote: “If you’ve ever been closer to the Lord than you are at this moment, you are a backslider”

      I agree, but there are exceptions. We all have ‘mountain top’ experiences, and we could not remain at that level, but I do agree in principle with his quote.

  5. Lyn Leahz says:

    Very, very good article sister! And very true. We must DAILY crucify our flesh. Our body was made from dirt; so spiritually and physically, our flesh is as filthy rags, and we have to live in this filth until we get our new, perfect body. However, thank God He gave us the ability to live in His Spirit, a safe reprieve from the filth…but we must crucify the flesh in order to constantly dwell in the Spirit..the place where we are clean, refreshed, at peace.

    If you think of how you feel after you get out of the shower or bath–cleaned, renewed, refreshed–this is how we should feel in the Spirit, no matter what our flesh is feeling, each and every moment of every day.

    God bless you!

    • Lyn, your comment reminds me of my blog here (contaminated or pure) about the white flower in the coal mine. Although everything was covered with black coal dust, the flower’s petals were so glossy that the dust immediately slid off and the flower remained pure white.

      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. When we submit to Him and resist the work of the devile, the devil is a defeated foe and flees.

      What an amazing God!

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