He was an honest man who worked hard for his wages, but he was uneducated, rough and uncultured. He never realised the disrepair of his little cottage.
One day he saw a very beautiful set of crystal candle holders in a shop window.
Every day, he made a point of stopping to view it and it seemed to lighten something inside him. It made him feel differently. He watched the glittering as the crystal reflected different colours like magic. He fell in love with those pieces. He pulled out all his meagre savings and went to the shop, putting a deposit on them and assuring the shop owner he would pay it off quickly. He denied himself and the day came when he took his prize home.
He placed it lovingly on the table and admired it. It immediately became a judgement on the room. He noticed how dirty and drab the curtains were. He saw the paint and wallpaper peeling off the walls. He noticed the stuffing coming out of his chair and the scratches on the table. He decided the floor needed scrubbing. He looked at himself and felt so unworthy of that magnificent crystal.
He set to work. He could not have that beauty sitting there in such squalor. He had to make the room worthy of its new inhabitant. As he kept admiring the crystal, it kept giving him incentive to clean the whole area. He spent all his time cleaning and fixing and it wasn’t long before he had the whole room looking clean and tidy, and he wore clean clothes on a clean body.
Those crystal candle holders still outshone everything. It didn’t look so completely out of place now, but he determined to keep improving.
When the Lord Jesus Christ enters into a life, the life changes and the surroundings change. Being crucified with Christ, we see areas of our life that we hadn’t realised were so dark and just not fit for the new Resident. We see things through His eyes and we desire what He desires.
Yes, we rejoice that our old nature is dead, but it is still able to raise its ugly head to blind our spirits and lead us astray.
Do we need to change some priorities?
Do we need to clean and tidy our “house” to honour our Guest?
My life changed completely when I responded to the call of Christ – but that wasn’t the end of the story. He is still showing me areas that need attention. He is still changing me, molding me into His likeness.
What a day of rejoicing that will be!
What a difference Christ makes in a life!
What a Saviour!