For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. Col. 1:13
By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain
For twenty years, I parented alone.
No man visited the church I dedicated myself to, and I wasn't going to search among the unsaved for love or a father-figure for my daughter.
In my fifties, I met Neil. We married. We switched churches. Finally, we moved from New York to Tennessee.
Here no one knows me as a single mother. No one is aware of the sins I committed in my Christian walk or the missteps and misbeliefs of my life.
Here I am a mature Christian with abundant gifts. Daily friends and ministers remind me of how blessed they are by my life.
My sins have been covered.
This is a parable of salvation:
- Before we accept Christ, we live in sin and shame. Any single person who attends an organization filled with married people, know they are unintentionally ostracized. There was no "sin" in my singleness, but we can look at it as a metaphor. I felt alone and inadequate. With no mate, I knew (erroneously) I was undesirable. Daily I prayed for God to cover my "shame."
- We become the bride of Christ. With my vows to Neil, my singleness had been erased. Just as with my vows to Jesus, all my sin had vanished.
- Salvation moves us from one kingdom to another. No one knows me without my "covering." Here I'm married, and for all intents, had been married all my life. So many people enumerate my great qualities. They're impressed that I've published three books. They believe I do wonders in my mentoring of recovering addicts. They think I'm a Bible scholar. My move, like salvation, has removed my "sins of the past" and transferred me into a "kingdom of glory."
Of course marriage and moving don't mirror the glory of salvation. But God, when we accept him as Lord and Savior, moves us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light. Old things have passed away, all things have become new.
Think of the patriarchs. They all moved. Their marriages reflected the kingdom of God. Salvation doesn't care where you've been or what you've done. It creates a new creation.