1 John 5:4, “…for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”
For a person who has not accepted Christ as Lord and Savior of his or her life, when he or she determines to do so, a rebirth, a new beginning, a fresh start, is apparent. God tells us that when we come to know Christ, we are a “new creation before Him.” But what about when you already are a Christian? What about those of us who have received our fresh start already? Have we blown it? Can we have another?
Hebrews 12:1 tells us, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…”
Sin is a hinderance. It is a gripping, crippling, entangling act that builds a wall between us and God. The cleansing so necessary of our souls is not a one time sinners prayer. Repentance must come every day and true redemption is about starting over and not returning to our old ways. So many of us do not understand the weight of sin. We continue to justify our actions either out of stupidity or denial. Sin leads to death but redemption through Christ leads to eternal life.
I remember well a time when I asked my dad how I could know that God had forgiven me of my sins. He quizzed me for a moment, insuring that I had prayed to God of my concerns and reminding me of Christ’s blood shed for me; then, he handed me a broom. The shed needed sweeping. Now, I knew that shed had not been swept in months and the thickness of the dust was almost unbearable. As I began to push the 1/2 inch thick layer of dirt off the floor, I noticed a white floor underneath. Excitedly, I pushed forward, sometimes stopping to fan the air thick with dust. After several hours, my dad returned to examine the job I had done.
“Looks like new, Michael! Nice job,” he said patting me on the back. “Did you learn anything?”
As I looked down at the cement floor and thought of the thickness of the dirt before, I smiled. We are like that cement floor. Daily sweepings sure would make it easier, but even when our sins cover us like that 1/2 inch layer, God can sweep them away by the blood of Jesus Christ.
Some of us are hanging on to sin that we need to take to the Lord for a fresh start. A new look. A new beginning. Some of us need to do a 180 degree turn and march the other way from the lifestyles we’re living. Is it easy? No! But neither was the Cross for our Lord and Savior.
If you are uncertain about what sins are in your life, ask God to search your heart so that you will have a fresh start in Jesus Christ today. For those of us who might look like the shed’s floor, there’s no time like the present to start removing the filth on our hearts.