Saturday, October 16, 2010
Where did all this fuzz come from?
Somethings even though they appear to be alike just do not mix well. We know the directions. We know they should be separate. We know they should have tender care, but we ignore the instructions and think everything will be just fine. And it is until we take a look and we have now have lots of little fuzz balls hanging on in places they were not meant to be. We don't even want to wear that sweater again. So we put it up or throw it away instead of trying to repair it, but why didn't we just take our time and care for it right in the first place?
The amazing thing is, Jesus doesn't want us to throw our sweater away. He wants to repair it. Sure it might still have little places where you can see where He picked off things that didn't belong, but that now only gives us a reminder that He was there. We could even say it adds character to our sweater. He wants to spend time removing each ball of fuzz and making us fresh and something everyone would love to wear. It's amazing what God can do with what we are wearing!!
Colossians 3:8-11 "But now you yourselves are to put off the all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all."
When we carry all these traits with us that makes one ugly sweater doesn't it? But God can remove those traits and fill us with His Spirit and we can walk in a new way.
Galatians 5:22-23 "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law."
Now when we begin to allow the Lord to shine through us we are like a warm, soft sweater that everyone wants to touch. It's like a blanket of love to wrap up in. Which would you rather wear? The one that is covered in fuzz balls or the one that is smooth and soft? If I don't watch myself I am that sweater covered in balls of stuff that I am left trying to pick off. Yuck!