If you leave a white post alone it will soon be a black post. If you particularly want it to be white you must be always painting it again; that is, you must be always having a revolution. Briefly, if you want the old white post you must have a new white post. But this which is true even of inanimate things is in a quite special and terrible sense true of all human things. An almost unnatural vigilance is really required of the citizen because of the horrible rapidity with which human institutions grow old.
GK Chesterton -Orthodoxy (New York:NY, Image Books, 1959) 119.As we live in a sin-sick world seeking to be transformed, to be changed, to be different, to be more like our Lord it is a startling realization that as we change, so much around us stays the same, even degrades. As God changes us, we still must be ever vigilant to the state of our soul. The unattneded soul soon becomes a darkened post if set adrift in this world. What is the "repainting" in our lives. Worship of God, Digestion of the Truth of God, Practice and exercise of these Truths, New loves and affections for the good, as God the Holy Spirit directs, leads and ultimately transforms us. From glory to glory we change - and here lies therein the key to our becoming. God does not just "repaint" or "maintain" our soul by covering over the wear and the dirt. Unlike human institutions, which we must repaint and maintain with steadfast vigilance, the human soul can be washed, and made clean by living water. Psalm 51:7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. The soul needs washing, once and continually, so that we might continue to add paint to the posts of God's world. Out... --------