The story has been told about a renowned author, who one day decided to visit a coal mine, and while there he noticed a perfectly while plant growing by the side to the entrance of the mine. The author and other visitors with him were astonished that where coal dust continually blew and settled this little plant could be so pure and white. As the people watched, a miner took some black coal dust and threw it on the plant, but not a particle stuck. The visitors repeated the experiment, but the dust wouldn’t cling. Nothing could stain the plant’s snowy whiteness.
My beloved, this illustrates what every believer’s life should be like. However, we often suffer frustration and disappointment because we are joined to Christ with one hand and holding on with the other to worldly practices and ungodly influences. Simply put, we are trying to serve two masters, which is impossible to do. What if suddenly one day all believers in Christ disappeared? What if we all just vanished? I’m not talking about being removed from planet Earth. I’m talking about something that every believer in Christ can control. What if suddenly, all believers vanished from places of entertainment where immorality masquerades as entertainment? What if we no longer watched movies or television programs that are ungodly, whose characters use God’s name in vain, and take His standards so lightly or not at all?
If so, would our absence make a difference? Would the people in Hollywood notice that we’re gone? I think so, but that isn’t the point. The point is that we must present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God. We aren’t to be conformed to this world, but we are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12:1-2). We are to be pure in heart, strong in spirit, we are to abhor evil, cleave to that which is good, and above all we are to put on the clothing of our Lord Jesus Christ, and remain undefiled by all the immorality and influences of this worldly system, which is controlled by Satan.
I was reminded of Enoch who lived in the days before the flood, a time when “the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). Yet, the Bible tells us that “Enoch walked with God three hundred years (Genesis 5:22). If the Lord can keep a plant white as snow amid clouds of black coal dust, can He not by His grace keep our heart and mind pure in this perverse and sinful world? Enoch kept himself pure and we can to, but we must have that close, intimate, personal relationship and fellowship each day with our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. When was the last time you underwent a spiritual check-up. If it has been awhile I would suggest you use Proverbs 4:20-27 as a checklist for your examination:
(1) Your ears (v. 20) – Are you hearing God’s Word clearly and with understanding? Are you doing what those words tell you?
(2) Your eyes (vs. 21, 25) – Are you seeing God’s Word clearly and with understanding? Are you doing what those words tell you?
(3) Your heart (v. 23) – Are you protecting your heart from evil?
(4) Your tongue (v. 24) – Is your mouth clean and pure?
(5) Your feet (v. 26) – Are you walking straight toward God’s truth without wavering?
So, how did you do on your examination? If we were honest there are areas of our lives that can be improved on! Maybe there are some areas where you need to take action? My beloved, regular check-ups will help to restore your spiritual vitality.
God wants us to walk in the light of His Son, not stumble in the darkness of the world.