This reminds me of a soap poster in England in the 1940s which depicted a little boy looking intently at his shadow as it fell across his pathway. The slogan on the poster read: “That is the only thing I can’t wash out!”
Firstly, I think of being totally clean – freshly showered, shampooed, manicured etc and wearing freshly washed and pressed clothes. But there is one thing that soap and scrubbing will NOT wash out . . . OUR SIN.
There is NOTHING that any person can do about their sin.
IT WON’T GO AWAY,
no matter how much we try to ‘balance the books’ by our good works.
But praise God, who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ,
to bear our sin for us and to endure the punishment for our sin.
1 John 1:7
The blood of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, cleanses us from all sin.
1 Corinthians 15:3
Christ DIED for our sins.
1 Peter 1:18-19
You were not redeemed with corruptible things, such as silver and gold,
but with the precious blood of Christ.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sin (agree with God about our sin)
He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sin,
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The shadow also reminds me of the
INDELIBLE SHADOW OF INFLUENCE
we cast on others by our
Wrong attitudes and careless actions can engrave an extremely difficult to erase impression on people’s minds. On the other hand, just as we can leave a permanent ‘black’ mark, we can also leave a lasting effect for good.
Let your light so shine before men
that they may SEE your good works
and glorify your Father in heaven.
Walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,
being fruitful in every good work . . .
1 Timothy 4:12
be an EXAMPLE of the believers,
in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
That you may be blameless and harmless . . .
in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,
among whom you SHINE AS LIGHTS in the world,
holding forth the word of life.
Let us strive to live so that our loving spirit, vibrant faith and purity of life are never diluted by inconsistency.
In the words of Jim Elliot, missionary killed by the Auca Indians:
So live, that when you come to die, you have nothing else to do, but die.