I washed my white shoes today and as I was doing so, the Holy Spirit began to minister to my heart.
He gave me a comparison of my white shoes and a saved soul. One who has been born again. The Bible says the blood of Jesus washes whiter than the snow. When one receives Christ as saviour, your soul can be likened to a new pair of white shoes. Spotless and perfect.
Now, the whiteness of my shoe is not in its cleanness, but in its make. No matter how much dirt goes onto that shoe it will still be referred to as “white shoes”. When God makes your soul like that of a new creature, it is not based on your ability to maintain an upright life. He washes you clean because that’s what He does and nothing can change that.
However, when my shoes are dirty. They lose the white appearance for which I bought them. I’ll need to clean them regularly to keep that appearance. Although even when they’re not clean, I call them white. Even when red stains or black are found on them, I call them my white shoes. The Holy Spirit taught me that God sees me the same way and even better. He sees me holy. No matter what dirt may have tainted my life through mistakes and sinfulness.
Hold up, Him seeing me holy doesn’t meant that He isn’t grieved by the sin that I sometimes find myself in. No. The same way I avoid dirty places or make sure I don’t spill certain substances on my white shoes, He desires for us to live as holy people. Even though the sin doesn’t change the fact that I am saved. It tarnishes, messes and scars the beauty which God gave me through salvation.
This is why the Bible warns us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. The scripture sank deeper in that moment I was scrubbing my shoes with the intent to make it as good as new. Unfortunately, the dirtier the shoe the harder it is to restore its original appearance. But it still remains a white shoe — with a bad look. I got to understand that it is the same thing with a person who takes advantage of the grace of God. I know it’s not wise to be reckless with my shoes, I have to be deliberate about keeping the shoes as clean as possible when I wear it. When you don’t make a conscious decision to run from and shun sin by abiding in the Word, you risk tainting the appearance of your soul that is white as snow. I don’t know if anybody agrees, but they’re some people whose lifestyle barely matches the salvation they received. Trust me, I get that it’s hard to die to your flesh but it doesn’t help if one puts no effort whatsoever in being rooted in the Word of God.
…continue to work out your salvation [that is, cultivate it, bring it to full effect, actively pursue spiritual maturity] with awe-inspired fear and trembling [using serious caution and critical self-evaluation to avoid anything that might offend God or discredit the name of Christ].Philippians 2:12 AMP
You’re not expected to act right, but to consume and be transformed by the Word of God. You cannot act right without knowing what God says about how you should behave. Knowing what stains are bad for my shoes and which places are ideal to wear it helps me keep them as clean as possible. It saves me unnecessary labour when washing them. Just as it will be easier to obey God and His will when you stay in the Word. I say this because it is only through God’s word that we’re able to maintain and enjoy the befit of our salvation.
In relation to my shoes, the word of God would be the constant caution and care I have for them as their owner. Get me please, dirty or clean a white shoe is a white shoe. Oppressed by sin or not, a saved soul remains saved. Even though it’s just fact not by appearance.
But wouldn’t it be beautiful if a white shoe looked white and a saved soul lived accordingly?