Here’s Today’s Devotional from The Vine…
No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, or else the patch shrinks and the new tears away from the old, and a worse hole is made. – Mark 2:21
Christ did not come into this world to patch-up an old religion, simply to mend a hole here, cover-up a spot there, or add a touch of fresh paint to this part or that. No, He came to make all things new! And when He saves a sinner, He does not simply fix him up a little here and there, to cover over some bad spots in him, and to close up gaping holes in this character with patches of the new cloth of grace. Christ’s gospel work is not patchwork of repair jobs. Christ does not sew on pieces – He weaves a brand-new garment.
As humans we try to make our flawed characteristics seem attractive, but sin is in its very fiber, and the blemishes will expose themselves and spoil our appearance. The only way is to have a new heart, and then the beauty will be real and enduring. A mother lost her only child — the most precious thing she knew. To occupy her heart and hand in some way about her vanished treasure, and thus fill the empty hours, she took a photograph of her child and began to touch it up with her skillful fingers. Soon the features became almost lifelike. The picture was then put aside for a few days, but when she came back to it later she found the eyes were dimmed and the face was marred with ugly blotches. Patiently she went over it a second time, and the bewitching beauty came again. A second time it was set aside, and again the blotches appeared. There was something wrong in the paper on which the photograph had been taken. There were chemicals lurking in it which in some way spoiled the delicate colors, and no amount of repainting could correct the faults.
So is it in our human lives. No outside reform is enough, for the heart inside is constantly working out its is evil, and its true nature will always be exposed and ruin any appearance of good. The change that is permanent must be start in the heart.