In his message to the group at SYMC, Jon Acuff shared the following story. Please note, this is a paraphrase as best I can remember it. Jon, if you are reading this (please comment and tweet the link), I apologize for any inaccuracies I may have in the retelling.
When Jon was in the second grade, he remembered going to Chuck E. Cheese for a birthday party and going to condiment line to put toppings on his bowl of ice cream. While standing in line, he saw another boy from his school who was in a different grade. The boy also had a bowl of ice cream. This boy approached the line with his ice cream, getting ready to load it up with sprinkles and other goodies. He pushed the plunger on what he thought was chocolate syrup. Instead, a huge rush of yellow mustard came out. A worker came over with another bowl of ice cream and offered to replace it. The boy was so embarrassed by what he had done, that instead of taking the new ice cream, he said, “It’s okay, I’ll just stir it up.” Then he turned and walked away.
This story is much like many of us live our lives. We have dumped bright yellow mustard (sin) all over our bright white bowl of ice cream (our lives). There is no mistaking that it is there. Jesus comes over and offers us a brand new bowl of ice cream (a new life), but instead of taking His offer, we try to fix it ourselves by “stirring” it, hoping to make it go away.
We cannot fix ourselves. It is impossible. The only way to get rid of the sin in our lives is to turn to Christ and get a new life. There is no amount of work that we can do that will remove it. Too many of us are wearing ourselves out trying to fix things, but it gets us nothing but tired. The free gift of salvation is the only cure.
Thank you, Jon, for such a simple and profound reminder.