The Coffee Stain
You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you. Romans 8:9-11, ESV.
I had made it through most of the day with a white sweater on. I normally do not wear light colors, but the sweater was a gift from a friend, and I was enjoying the change in my wardrobe—until my afternoon coffee break. I managed to spill my coffee, just a small splash, on the front of the sweater, right by the buttons. I tried my best to blot it out, but the stain was there. For the rest of the day, I apologized for the stain on my sweater. I told people about it, I brought attention to it. I didn’t want people to think that I didn’t know it was there, and I wanted to apologize for the stain before they could criticize.
Shame is just like that coffee stain. We have things in our past we keep bringing to others’ attention; we apologize for those things; we try our best to blot them out, but the stain is still there. Jesus tells us, we believers are no longer in the flesh but in the Spirit. He not only took our sin, He cleansed our stain (I John 1:9). He erased the shame. Our spiritual sweaters are clean and bright, and there is no more embarrassment to tell others about. Our story becomes one of His holiness outshining our inadequacies, our past failures. His life in us gives life to our mortal bodies and His Spirit dwells in us—making it impossible for the stain of shame to be recognized any longer. As you move into this new year, allow Jesus to clean the stains that sin and shame have left on your heart and let Him give you a clean new spiritual sweater to wear—one with a perfect shade of grace and mercy to give your wardrobe the boost it needs in the coming year!
Thought-provoker: What shame-stain is splotching up your spiritual wardrobe and bringing unnecessary attention to your past? Take it to the Lord and ask Him to wash away the stain with the power of His blood and then walk in the new spiritual clothes He gives you—grace, mercy and His glory!
Lord, I thank You for the power You have to remove the stain of shame from my life and make my spiritual wardrobe beautiful for Your glory. Help me to hold my head up as Your child, and let others see You in me this day. Amen.
Hope you have a good, Godly day!