Stubborn Stains

IMG974 (2)Once, while on errand for the King, I found myself waiting for a plane in the quite popular, highly commercial, flourishing "big oil money" metropolis of Dubai, where, for half a year's salary, you can spend the night in a hotel suite. (Inclusion of breakfast varies.) While passing the time in the airport, perusing vendors' niches and duty-free shops and sipping a hot coffee, I came across a very nice piece of luggage which would have been perfect as a carry-on bag, complete with wheels, telescopic handle and several different compartments to aid in organization; a fine upgrade from the plastic sack I was, at the time, dumping all my un-necessaries into. The price of the bag, translated from dirham, was about $30 USD, which I thought was a bargain.

I also found toys directly across from the luggage in the same store and plastic transformers were priced about $30 as well leading me to believe the proprietor of the place had no concept of pricing, how could a junky toy cost the same as that fine piece of packable perfection. Honestly though, had I the money, I'm not sure I would have easily chosen the bag over the toy so perhaps their marketing ploys are more intuitive than I had previously given credit for. My eagerness to purchase a molded plastic toy for nearly the price of my monthly water bill reveals two things.

The first is that my wife is right; I need to grow up. The second is that something is really only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. With that in mind consider how many times you've said that you were not worth saving, or unworthy of Christ's love. The fact is Jesus paid it all for you. The Son of God gave his life to purchase you from the bondage of sin which held you fast.

The Bible says in Revelation 4:11 that we were created for God's pleasure, and 2 Corinthians tells me that, being saved, we are to carry the Gospel of salvation so whether you are a toy transformer or a carry-on bag, Christ paid the same price for you as He did for me. I'm the toy! Sadly none of that is what I wanted to tell you about. What I absolutely had to buy was a hat. That's right, I bought a ball cap from a gift shop at the airport in Dubai and, though it is difficult to type with my fingers crossed, want you to believe I bought it as a gift for my beloved wife, who will, from this point forward, be referred to by her code name "Mango".

I know that the burning question on the minds of both my many readers is, "how much did this idiot pay for the hat?" Since we've already covered the insane prices at intercontinental travel hubs you might think $30, $50; did he really go as high as $50 for a cap? It was $4.17 and, knowing full well that Mango doesn't wear hats, I made the risky purchase, sure that someone would wear it. Guess who. Back at home I was just finishing the grueling task of walking leisurely behind my luxury self-propelled Honda mower when I realized I had been wearing the pretty purple cap the whole time and a sweat line had formed on the bill and up the front. It looked like a foam lined beach at high tide, and of course a scripture came to mind. Check out Romans 13:13-14....

"Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. 14 But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof."

If that doesn't apply to you please leave a comment with your name, I'd like to pray for you, but for those of us who know the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior we need to realize that we are clothed in Him. The way we behave, the places we go and what we say can either venerate and exalt the Son of God; or leave a nasty stain on Christianity. Read Romans 2:23-24....

"Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God? 24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written."

More and more I meet people who refuse to accept the truth because of what they see in us.

Are we showing the world a different way? Do we demonstrate the glory that is Christ? Dear Christian we must be vigilant to not foul up our garment of righteousness which is Jesus. Nobody wants to put on your sweaty old hat.

See you in class.... J-

IMG935Written By: J-

J- lives in Southeast Texas.  He's a husband, father, Sunday School teacher and evangelical missionary who is active in both local and foreign ministry projects.