THE SMALLEST OF STAINS
Have you ever started to head out for the day and glanced down and saw a stain on your shirt? You immediately headed back to your closest to find another one? I sure know this feeling!
Several months ago I was getting ready for the day, and I chose a cute little dress to wear to an appointment with a friend. As I was waiting for her, I cut up an apple and washed my hands, and when I did, I noticed a small water stain had splashed the top of the material of my dress. When I went into the bathroom to dry the water spot, it left a very noticeable stain. It was not wearable. As I removed the dress, I expressed my unhappiness, with “….all because of a little stain.” And the Lord immediately said, “Do you see My child, even the smallest stain of sin can spoil the whole vine. You are to protect the altar of this ministry in which I have given you. The church needs to cleanse itself of the sins that so easily besets them. The smallest sin can cause Me to remove myself from them. In these days to come, I am requiring My Bride to walk in Holiness. Be Holy as I AM Holy.”
“Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?” – 1 Corinthians 5:6
In this verse Paul was writing to those who wanted to ignore the sin that was taking place in the church of Corinth. They did not realize that allowing public sin to exist in the church affects all its members. Paul did not expect anyone to be sinless – all believers struggle with sin daily. Instead, he was speaking against those who deliberately sin, feel no guilt, and refuse to repent. This kind of sin cannot be tolerated in the church because it affects others. We have a responsibility to other believers. Yeast makes dough rise. A little bit affects the whole batch. Blatant sins, left uncorrected, confuse and divide the congregation. While believers should encourage, pray for and build up one another, they must also be intolerant of sin especially because it jeopardizes the spiritual health of the church, which is Christ’s Bride. (NIV Study Bible)
He says to each of us, “As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who called you is Holy, so be Holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be Holy because I AM Holy.” – 1 Peter 1:14-16
We are to live out our lives in reverent fear and honor to God during our temporary stay here on earth, for it is written: Christ Jesus is asking of His Bride to be spotless without stain or blemish. In these perilous times, we are to remember that even the smallest of stain of sin can spoil the entire camp, just as the Lord showed me as this stain was on my dress. Remember, if you stumble and sin, quickly repent and ask to be forgiven, and then hold on closely to the Lord.
“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “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
Let us all settle this matter, once and for all. Let us repent and ask for the Lord to forgive us and make us white as snow through His Son Jesus and be the spotless Bride in which He desires to use in these last days.