When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. (1 Corinthians 13:11, NIV 1984).
My Musings – I played like a child. This comic pretty much defines my childhood. It would be interesting to know how much of the dirt from the hills behind our house went down the bathtub drain before I outgrew my “childish ways?” As I reexamine my childhood, I think I pass the Calvin standard with flying colors. At least the color green. It is safe to say that I never went outside to play without coming back dirty. I’d have grass stains on my knees through my blue jeans. But the dirt, grime and stains always washed off.
Reexamining our lives as adults is a different story. None of us pass God’s standards. We go out into the world and come back with “dirt, grime and stains” that we cannot wash off. No longer green, but crimson red. That’s the bad news. The good news, the Gospel news, is that it does not have to stay that way. We cannot wash it off, but God can. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Don’t let your life of sin take you down the drain. Put that life behind you. Give your life to Christ.