July 11—A Pearl for Today
“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin”
(1 John 1:6-7).
FELLOWSHIP WITH THE SHEPHERD AND OUR FELLOW SHEEP
One evening on our way home from a Bible study, Don informed me that I had embarrassed him in front of a large audience. Before I could work up a full head of steam, he explained. While sitting in his chair, teaching, he had crossed his legs, and, to his chagrin, noticed he had on one obviously black sock and one obviously blue sock. Those of you who have only been the recipients of neatly stacked socks in your drawer will not appreciate this but my fellow laundry workers will know exactly what I mean. One can get severe eyestrain separating a pile of black and blue socks in artificial light. Well, my friends, I have found the answer: send one dollar plus ten cents for handling and one label from Fruit of the Loom socks and I’ll tell you! Just kidding—I wouldn’t do that to you! I will remind you of some old song lyrics, though: “Step into the sunshine, get out of the shade.” Stepping into the sunlight takes care of the matchless sock problem beautifully. I now take the laundry basket outside into the bright sunshine and each pair of socks practically mates itself. (Except, of course, those socks eaten by the washing machine … but that is another inside story for my fellow laundry workers.)
Some folks prefer walking in darkness. About two hours before a wedding at which Don was to officiate in Dallas, I checked his suit to make sure it was not wrinkled. I opened the suit coat to find no pants hanging underneath! I quickly checked through the other clothes in the hotel room closet and, sure enough, no pants! When I told Don, he rushed over and searched the suit coat as if he could will a pair of trousers to be there. Don was not amused—and it’s just as well he couldn’t see the horrified expression on his face. Things turned out fine though. We found out where the wedding party had rented their tuxedos, and the shop had a pair of pants in the right size. The lady was kind enough to hem them while we drove over to pick them up. In the church’s black robe, Don looked even more distinguished than usual. I suggested at the reception that Don gravitate to the darkest corner in the room where very few people would notice he had on a blue suit coat and black pants.
1 John tells us to walk in the light. If we say we have fellowship with Christ, and do not walk in the light, we do not practice the truth. We are like mismatched clothes. When we “walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1:7). Then we make a matching pair with Jesus.
Matching up with Jesus helps us coordinate with the folks around us.