FaithWriters Devotional

Pure by Association – by Abby Kelly

“And the voice came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” Acts 10:15 (ESV)

What comes to mind when you think of a lotus flower? Google it, and up pops all the spiritual meaning associated with it in Buddhist and Hindu cultures. The reputation of this lovely blossom has been attached to something other than the glory of its Creator. As humans, it’s common for us to judge people based on associations. But, it’s important that we look closely for the impression of the Creator of all things. Just as every budding lotus flower, is perfectly shaped by the Master Designer, so every single person, no matter how sinful, offensive, broken or rebellious, bears the image, the indelible stamp of the Creator. If God took the time to endue a simple flower with the stamina to press through layers of mud and murky waters, and then to bloom even just barely above the surface; then He certainly placed redeemable value in every human heart. To be like the Savior who rescued us, we must be willing to look beyond cultural associations and recognize the fingerprints of God on every life. This includes ourselves; we cannot associate our value with our past, our circumstances, or our deeds. We have intrinsic value because God said so; and for those of us who trust Jesus as our Savior, we have restored purity, because we are associated with Him.

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3 thoughts on “FaithWriters Devotional

  1. Another good one Abby !

    CS Lewis would also agree, because he said :

    “I would prefer to combat the ‘I’m special’ feeling not by the thought ‘I’m no more special than anyone else’ but by the feeling ‘Everyone is as special as me.’ In one way there is no difference, I grant, for both remove the speciality. But there is a difference in another way. The first might lead you to think, ‘I’m only one of the crowd like anyone else’. But the second leads to the truth that there isn’t any crowd. No one is like anyone else. All are ‘members’ (organs) in the Body of Christ [I Corinthians 12:27]. All different and all necessary to the whole and to one another: each loved by God individually, as if it were the only creature in existence. Otherwise you might get the idea that God is like the government which can only deal with the people as the mass.”

    (The Collected Letters of C. S. Lewis, Volume III: Narnia, Cambridge, and Joy 1950-1963. Copyright © 2007 by C. S. Lewis Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers)

  2. Have you read all of C.S. Lewis? That’s on my bucket list! I’m amazed at how many quotes you know from his work!

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