When my mom gave me a new coloring book, I loved creating multi-hued works of art. In my zeal, a full page pony sported the full gamut of a rainbow from his red mane to his violet tail. If I strayed past the lines with my crayon, I was crushed, a five-year-old’s masterpiece ruined. Until I tearfully showed the mess to my mother and discovered she could fix it.
Mom brought out scissors, clear tape, and a piece of white paper. She cut carefully around my once-beautiful pony, attached strips of tape on the side where I hadn’t colored, then gently pressed my pony onto the paper. He was PERFECT! All my messy mistakes had disappeared.
However, if I scribbled all over the page in frustration, Mom displayed a much different reaction. She removed the coloring book from my evil little hands. Whatever my efforts had been, they remained a disappointing mess.
Once I readjusted my attitude and repented of the spit of temper, the coloring book was mine once again, but the picture could not be fixed. It had obviously been scribbled upon inside and out. Sin has its consequences.
As a follower of Christ, I get upset when I carelessly stray past God’s boundaries, perhaps even sin on purpose. With my immediate repentance God reminds me I am beautiful in His salvation. I mess up, I take my sadness to Him. Would He fix it? Please?
And He does. He makes sure all those mistakes are cut away. I am clean and beautiful, and I know that it’s Jesus who makes it so.
What if I don’t run to Him to fix things? What if halt my Christian walk and give up like a little kid who stops coloring in her book? She had failed to make a beautiful picture.
Or what if I go out and sin big time, the equivalent of scribbling in my book? After all, I’m a lost cause. Why try to do anything right?
Giving up or rebelling in frustration is going to bring the sting of God’s discipline. If I never adjust my attitude, I’ll have to deal with His wrath. A terrifying prospect and unnecessary. There’s a simple solution to avoid the consequences of His righteous anger.
Repent. Sounds like the echo of an old time revival meeting. Those preachers had the message right. Once I repent and recognize God is big enough to deal with my sins, He’ll be delighted to help me create the beautiful life I desire. He’ll separate me from all the ugly errors and place me in the middle of a pure background. And this page of my life will be made PERFECT.