Lord, if you can't make me a better boy, don't worry about it. I'm having a real good time like I am. – Anonymous boy
What's the difference between a cat and a pig? Well, lots of things, but let me focus on one: If a cat falls into a mud puddle, it will quickly jump out and immediately start cleaning itself off. It's not in the nature of a cat to lie around in mud. A pig will go into a mud puddle and decide to roll around and play there. Why? Because it's in the nature of a pig to love mud.
Hey, from time to time, we're all, unfortunately, going to fall into the mud of sin. But now that we are in Christ, we have become new creations and sin, that was once familiar or even enjoyable, becomes disgusting to us. Our spirits have been transformed completely, yet our minds and bodies are not yet perfect. Pre-salvation, we're pigs. After we are made new in Christ, we are like the cat – mud is repulsive to our new nature and we want to get out.
Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. – Hebrews 7:25
So if you are wrestling with sin today, trying to get out of the mud puddle, just know that that's a good sign. It's an indicator that the Spirit is in you. So remember: Just as you can't earn salvation by good works, you can't lose your salvation by performing poorly. And not only did Christ die on the cross for those sins, He lives to intercede for you right now. He's right there in the middle of the mess with you and in you.
Wear that truth like a helmet, protecting your mind today.
Jesus, thank You for Your sacrifice on the cross! Thank You for Your grace and the knowledge that no matter what I do, You will always love me and intercede on my behalf. I know that until You return, I will be surrounded by mud. I embrace the truth that You are in me still! Make sin repulsive to me, and show me how to live my daily life in a way that honors You. Amen.
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