Painting vs. Soaking

“It is the difference between paint, which is merely laid on the surface, and a dye or stain which soaks right through.”

-C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

C.S. Lewis wrote about the impossible challenge of living the Christian life. He compared it to the difference between painting and dye soaking through fabric. Too many people focusing on painting the outside when the inside needs to be changed as well. Just like a white shirt can’t change colors on its own, we cannot live the Christian life apart from the power of God.

Jesus applies the dye of His holiness to our lives, but we must absorb it. A human cannot be holy apart from God. The apostle John wrote, “But as many as received Him, to them have He the power to become the sons of God, even to them that belive on his name” (John 1:12). Christ imparts to us His grace and power to become what He has called us to be.

How deep has the dye of Christ soaked through your life? Are you paint the surface or soak the soul kind of Christian? Being a Christian is more than just a cosmetic facelift, it requires a complete recreation of the inner man. Thankfully, the blood of Jesus is a very powerful dye. It makes all things new.

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