There is so much in the physical world around us that illustrates spiritual truth, it’s a wonder to me that it takes so long for us (me) to grasp it. Here’s one: I know that no matter how much I clean my house, I will have to do it all again soon simply because humans and animals inhabit this space. In fact even an unoccupied house will fall into ruin and filth if not tended. I absolutely recognise beyond a shadow of a doubt that the house will NOT clean itself, Oh wouldn’t that be lovely!? (Actually that would be my dream).
So why is it then that we feel we can clean up ourselves all by ourselves? How do people not look into their own hearts and not identify that they keep falling back into the same old patterns of corruption, but somehow they think will someday overcome them? ‘Just try harder’ isn’t good enough, it may temporarily dust the corners but masks the naked truth that we need someone other than ourselves to clean the homes that are our hearts. I know I can’t attain perfection through effort and yet I still catch myself striving in my own strength. I have to keep reminding myself that I am loved and accepted even if I do nothing good. My faith is based on the work of Christ even when I am still living with my Pharisee heart. That’s why I love this verse:
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 1 John 3:2