Sometimes I just can’t help but laugh at what some of my greatest stumbling blocks have been and are in my life.
Isaiah 1:18 says, “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
For most people this verse is refreshing and brings much freedom and relief when read, and I had thought it had done the same for me in my life… Until one recent day when I realized I had made this verse one of my greatest stumbling blocks placed on the narrow road(Mt. 7:14) I was trying to walk on.
I constantly associated this verse with both the word and concept of perfect or perfection, and in doing so I made a large, white, “pretty”, “perfect” block and set it down in front of me and said, “That, that block is perfection and if I can simply be white, spotless, and ‘perfect’ like that block then I’m good.”
The problem came because it was a “white block” that was my image of perfection. Soooo if any color appeared in my life I would try to remove it so that I could be white… like the block… which stood for perfection… I mean after all Christ was perfect and we are to be like Christ right?
But here is where God came and broke through my misunderstanding…
I was reading Philippians and only made it to the 6th verse which says, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” and depending on the version you read it may say, “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will PERFECT it at the day of Jesus Christ.”
And so clearly the Lord spoke and said, “Casey, I am perfect, hevaen is perfect, yet I am not white… heaven is not white… so why do you think you need to stay white? The washing of your sins white as snow is simply the begining of the good work I started and I am going to complete at the day of Jesus Christ. I washed you white so that I can put color onto you. When I washed your sins white it was so I could have a blank canvas to paint the glorious image of my son onto. I couldn’t do that with your canvas before I had made it white, it was ready to be disposed of… completely covered in blemishes and gunk. Just like you were never meant to stay at the cross but to let that be the invitation to a close and real relationship with me… you were never meant to stay a blank canvas. I am way to creative for that. Your canvas was meant to portray the image of my glorious son and so will you start letting me paint that onto you so that it can be perfect/completed at the day of Jesus Christ?”
So with a little help from God I took a sledge hammer to that white bock and moved right on past that mountain(made out of a white block) and I am now enjoying this journey where I am DAILY becoming more like Jesus and I will continue to DAILY become more like him until I die and the day comes when he recieves the full reward and glory of his suffering.
If I can give one sum up piece of advise from this lesson I have learned… it is learn to be okay with a incomplete work of the image of Christ on your life until the day of Jesus Christ when it will be completed. However DO NOT be okay with no work being done on the incomplete image. Hunger for Jesus. Always long for more of Jesus. Jesus is the point of our life and if there is a day that goes by without Jesus… then we might as well not remember that day and forget we even lived it. Remembering it is a waste of our memory because that day will not last through the fire of testing, and we should let our memory gaze upon and take in Jesus rather than that day. Jesus already has and will continue to stand the fire of testing.
JESUS that is what our lives should testify.