Keeping our Focus

Our car was recently due its annual service, it was collected and returned to us not only fully serviced but newly washed, bright, shiny and clean.
We were delighted but a little sheepish as we realised how grimy our car had been previously as the difference was keenly obvious!
Then, very suddenly, hubby became poorly and therefore it was some days before we left our house again. Finally, the time came that he was well enough to head on out and we cheerfully opened our back gate, expecting to see a gleaming vehicle awaiting us. But no, our car sat before us, its appearance as grimy as it had been before its return from the dealership some days before!
We understood that driving our car around, particularly in the winter quickly rendered it muddy and dirty but the weather had been dry and it simply hadn’t been moved.
Purely being outside, in the world for just a few days had left it as filthy as it was before its wash!
I felt Holy Spirit use my realisation and surprise and He brought to mind the following Scriptures.
Romans Chapter 12 Verse 2 ESV
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Colossians Chapter 3 Verse 2 ESV
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
We are not to be conformed to this world but just being in it, without a conscious focus to set your mind above, will very quickly lead to the residue of the world clinging to our minds, bodies and spirits. Transformation by the renewal of our minds is a process and standing still is not a wise option!
God can use all things to speak to us and on this occasion, He chose to speak to me using my stationary but grubby car!

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