By Leonard Lauriault
A little boy and girl were playing in the “kitchen” at pre-school one day after hearing a lesson about creation and the beginning of naughtiness (Genesis chapters 1 to 3). The boy, who was terribly smitten by the girl, offered her a bite from a plastic apple. The girl, who wouldn’t give him the time of day, promptly refused and continued to do so with each additional offer. The ever-perseverant boy finally whispered, “Go ahead and take a bite. It’s not poison. I won’t make you naked.” Well, at least the teachers got the point across that nakedness is usually not a good thing.
Anyway, the lesson had been about the beginning of time and life on earth and how man became separated from God. We’re coming upon a new year in our lives – a time to which we look forward as another opportunity to gain a new lease on life, so to speak. This is good. Some years are not nearly as good as others and we need to put the terrible past behind us. This is something we definitely need to be ever-perseverant about, particularly when it comes to the poisoning of sin.
While many look at New Year’s Day and other significant life events to start afresh, God gives us the opportunity to renew ourselves every day (2 Corinthians 6: 2; Lamentations 3: 22, 23). Initially, when we turn ourselves over to his renewing power, he makes us a new creation and the eternally poisoning effect of our sins is gone (Romans 12: 1, 2; 2 Corinthians 5: 17-19; Hebrews 10: 15-25). Although some physical or emotional scars may remain, we certainly won’t be caught naked when we stand before God (Galatians 3: 23-29; Matthew 22: 11-13; Revelation 22: 14, 15; Psalm 1: 1-6; 2 Corinthians 5: 2, 3).
The little boy’s perseverance models what our attitude should be toward being renewed daily by God’s power. He was intelligent enough to know that he had to work hard and be diligent to get what he wanted and that what he wanted was definitely worth all the effort. Jesus said that his kingdom and his righteousness are worth putting forth our best effort (Matthew 6: 33; Hebrews 11: 24-26). Remembering the magi who came to see Jesus after he was born we say that wise men still seek him – that’s the intelligent thing to do.
Many in today’s world do not realize that they are poisoned by sin and stand naked before God, but some do and just don’t care. Whatever the case, they need to know Jesus’ power and desire to heal and clothe them with his righteousness (Revelation 3: 17, 18). As part of the new lease on life we hope for this coming year, let’s strive harder to also help others find the new lease that comes through Christ Jesus. If you haven’t found that and would like my help, please give a call (461-4421).