Some things are not meant to last.
Like those henna tattoos. We can be wild and crazy, because we know it will eventually fade away.
Want even less permanence? Get the lickey-kind, the sort of temporary tattoo you can lick and stick. Kids love them, and parents rarely mind. Stick the kid in the tub, and the tattoo washes down the drain.
A real tattoo, the sort done in a tattoo parlor, has more staying power. Goof it up, and it’s with you for the rest of your life. Tattoo removals are imperfect and leave scars that never disappear.
If we crave spiritual permanence, what are our options?
Is it in a drug-infused “experience” or a sensual encounter? Or maybe self-fulfillment? We achieve enough in life, and we “complete ourselves.”
How about this passage from 1 John 2:16-17?
“For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.”
We can now divide the world into henna and ink, into temporary and permanent.
Let’s make a list.
Temporary Things in the World
- Desires of the flesh.
- Desires of the eyes.
- Pride of life.
Permanent Things that Will Last Forever
- Those who do the will of the Father.
It’s time to decide. Which do you want, to be that which washes off and runs down the drain, or to display God’s permanence which cannot be removed?
Life happens now. Let’s make God a permanent part of who we are.
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