In Bible times a certain, extremely expensive purple dye, sought for its character was reserved exclusively for royalty. Cloth saturated in this dye did not fade. The opposite result took effect; the color became more intense when weathered in the elements and exposed to sunlight. The more time the cloth spent in the sunlight the more vibrant and more beautiful the cloth. It wasn’t the cloth, or the materials used, or even the process that made it great; it was the character of the dye itself.
There’s a similarity in our Christian walk. It’s not about how beautiful we are. It’s not about what we do, or how much we possess. It is not about our intelligence, or how much we earn. It’s not about the challenges of life we survive. It’s about who we’re saturated in. It’s about Jesus and our surrendering to the power of the Holy Spirit. We can let the world develop our character or we can let the Holy Spirit develop our character as we surrender our will to the Designer’s hand (Jesus).
As the storms of life toss us to and fro we can weather in beauty, if we spend time in the “Son”. Like the costly purple dye we will become more intense; more like Christ. When we spend time in the “Son” we’ll develop strong sturdy fibers. The years of aging will not fade us; they make us stronger and more beautiful.
I desire to be like the beautiful “costly” purple dye of old; to improve with age, be more vibrant, more intense in my refection. We could not have reached our 40’s, our 50’s and beyond without surviving a few storms. The storms of life will weather us. The question we must answer is, “Will we weather like cloth dipped in costly purple dye or weather like something lesser”? The choice is ours; truly. To possess character, like cloth saturated in the costly purple dye of old, we simply must saturate ourselves in“Son-light”.
Until next time – Be encouraged,
“… she is clothed in fine linen and purple”. Proverbs 31:22