|Isaiah 1:18, "Though your sins be as scarlet|
they shall be as white as snow..."
While the secular world is waiting with baited breath, for the film version of that scandalous novel, Fifty Shades of Gray, premiering around Valentine's Day. I thought I'd catch you a bit early and bend your ear toward something that might do you some real good! The New Year is just around the corner and I already know that for the majority, new year's resolutions have been rattling around in your brain!
Yep! I still plan on losing those same ten pounds I resolved to lose last January. Going to get myself together and go back and finish my degree. Even start having Quiet Time every morning, and for real now, I'm going to get up for Sunday school, morning service, and prayer meeting in 2015.
That's all well and good... making spiritual-like resolutions puts you right with the norm for Christians this time of year and just like the average Saint, by Easter, you've backslidden into your same old habits! How about trying something different, like working on those things that need fixing on the inside first! Those things that keep you living in the pink instead of the white, bright righteousness of Jesus Christ.
Straddling the fence between worldly living and holy living is what Sister Tubbs calls living in the pink...just a tinge of Jesus' blood characterizes our life...we're not completely low-down and heathenish, we just slip in and out of sin periodically! We show up for church every Sunday, but hide out in the corners and the balcony because we don't want anyone to smell the weed and liquor that still lingers after clubbing the night before! (That's living in the pink!)
You really want to join a ministry, you know you have the gift and passion to help serve, but too many folks at church know that you're still living unwed with your boyfriend and you just ain't about to be confronted with that..they don't know that you're just saving up for the wedding! (You're still living in the pink)
Where in the bible does it say, you can't play the lottery? It's just a bit of harmless entertainment. After all when I hit, I swear, I'm going to pay the Lord big time! That'll make up for all those months I couldn't pay my tithes!! (There's some pink dabbling
Don't get me wrong...I know what it means to live in the pink! Denying my faith for a season of fleshly pleasure...but as my Mama used to say..."When you know better you do better!" 2015 should be a time to do better --DON'T THINK PINK...THINK RED...THE COLOR OF CHRIST'S PRECIOUS BLOOD (Hebrews 9:22) Without it Where would we be?
Ephesians 4:14-16 (Message Bible)
...God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.