After living in Asia for 20 years, I became quite accustomed to taking my shoes off before entering a home. We even had a “xie gui” outside our apartment door full of indoor slippers for guests.
The problem was that when I returned to America, I still wanted to slip out of my shoes in front of every door. I just knew that my dirty shoes were tracking something horrid all over the wall-to-wall carpet. It took several weeks to keep them on without a check of guilt.
I had brought my Chinese rules to my American life.
Don’t we do the same with our religion?
Although Christ is the end of regulated living, we tend to hold onto the old rules.
Listen to how the Apostle Paul puts it:
“So, then, if with Christ you’ve put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it?” (Colossians 2:20 The Message)
It’s like He has granted us freedom to wear our shoes in the Kingdom and yet we want to keep taking them off just in case.
We can’t really believe that we are already righteous from God’s viewpoint.
But it’s true you know – when we became Kingdom citizens we got a righteous visa stamped in our passport. And the crazy thing is – it doesn’t expire.
The King has decreed that the old “do and don’t” laws aren’t made for us here on this side.
So believe it.
You CAN walk on the spiritual carpet with your shoes on.
You are under a faith Life now – and that kind of living counts as righteous.
Worried about your tracks on the carpet?
It’s okay. You’re clean.