A Light for My Path Devotional

The Can of Paint

JAMES 4:8 (NKJV)
Purify your hearts, you double-minded.

The prep work and cleaning were done, and finally it was time to open the can of paint and start applying the new color to the walls. My friends and I were excited! I took the brush and carefully stroked the paint on the wall as everyone stood back and watched, but to our chagrin, the color was nothing like what we expected. OK, we reasoned, that’s not unusual. Paint always looks different when it’s wet than when it’s dry. So we let that patch dry overnight, but the next morning the paint was still significantly different than the label told us it should be.

Knowing this new shade wasn’t going to match the rest of the decor, we took the can back to the paint master. She added a little more of certain tints and hues, and the end result was exactly what we wanted it to be. Finally, what was inside the can matched what was on the outside. Now we could proceed with our project. No more confusion. No more disharmony.

Today, too many people wear the label of Christian, but don’t live a life that matches God’s values. Occasionally it’s due to ignorance of God’s standard because the person had little or no teaching after he came to Christ, or the teaching itself was out of line with God’s Word; however, in most situations, the problem is a proud, rebellious, indifferent, or lazy heart.

When that’s the case, it takes the work of the Master Designer to make things right. Only as the individual allows God’s Spirit to work in his heart and life will the fruit of the Spirit grow, making the inside match the label on the outside.

I am convinced that as believers we ought to pray daily the words David penned in Psalm 139:23-24:

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting. (NKJV)

When our hearts are purified so that what we say and do matches what we claim to be, God’s light shines through us. Then a lost and dying world can see Christ in us, and His name is truly glorified.

PRAYER: Lord, I don’t want to be a mismatched Christian. Make me keenly aware of things in my life that aren’t in line with Your standard so that I’m genuinely living for You.

WORDS TO PONDER:
“At the heart of every issue, is the issue of the heart.”
–Unknown

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Copyright Ann Shorb, 2014
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

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