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Coffee Stains

ImageThe other day at office, I carefully carried my cup of coffee to a seat, gingerly sat down, making sure the cup was held away from me, got comfortable, leaned forward and made sure that no proverbial slip between cup and lip could leave a stain on my shirt or trousers.  The journey from cup to lip was made without any hiccup and I savoured the taste and aroma of freshly brewed coffee.  Next morning, I sat with another cup of coffee, at home, lounging in my favourite chair, reading my morning paper, unperturbed over the possibility of drops of coffee escaping and soiling “home” clothes.  I smiled at the different postures I had adopted.  One leaning forward, careful not to spill, and the other lounging back indifferent to a spill.  What made the difference?  Clothes.  My attire.  On the one hand careful about escaping coffee drops, and on the other nonplussed at the potential of a stain.  Life-lessons to be learnt, I thought.  How careful are we about the things that stain, smear or tarnish our lives.  And even more than being careful, do we have “intent” to be careful?  And conversely, are we in situations where a little stain won’t make a difference?  And if so, should we feel the need to remove ourselves from that situation?  Made me think!

We are clothed today by the righteousness of Jesus.  Imputed, given to us in exchange for  appropriating His death as the penalty for our wrongdoings.  And God sees us through the righteousness of His Son which is how we can come “boldly before His eternal throne of grace.”  It, therefore, behoves us to do all we can to take care of that righteousness; to be careful and avoid places that can stain and smear and tarnish; to be that “living stone” that doesn’t bring dishonour and discredit to the “spiritual house” that He is building us in to.  And, even more dangerously, to make certain that we are not in a place where a stain here or there doesn’t matter;  that our consciences are so dulled by repeated offenses against His righteousness, that we don’t care at all.  Now that would be  a dangerous place.

Is there time to turn around?  Yes!  Are we beyond redemption?  No!  But the time is now!  Repentance is the key, 1 John 1:9 is the answer: “If we confess our sins, then He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  The prodigal son found that out.  Fresh clothes, new sandals, a ring and a celebration were the results of his saying: “I will arise and go to my father.”  He found his way back home as a repentant, penitent son and was met by the forgiving, embracing hug of a merciful, loving Father.  That’s God for you!



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