Air tarnishes silver just like the world tarnishes our life. Silver tarnishes slowly and it is not always recognizable right away unless you examine it quite closely. It is the same with our life. It may look acceptable day to day, but one day we wake up finding that the world has taken over and anxiety has crept in. Instead of polishing ourselves with the Word of God and communing with the Father, we resort to worldly solutions, such as drugs, alcohol, or ungodly indulgences.
It would be foolish to throw silver away when it gets a few tarnish spots on it. It is still good. All you need is silver polish applied with ‘elbow grease’. It is the same when our life gets tarnished. God is not through with us yet! But keep in mind that God demands 100% of our body, soul, and spirit, not 99%. We must yield every nook and cranny to Him. This is the only polish that works. It can only be applied through ‘spiritual grease’. We must take the time to wrap ourself in the Holy Spirit every day. It will protect us from tarnish spots and anxiety creeping in. We must remember that ‘spiritual grease’ is a daily chore. It is a mindset:
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” (Matthew 6:34 ESV)
You may say to me, “That’s easy for you to say, but you don’t know the anxiety I am suffering from.” I do know this though, God is not a liar and I know that He offers every single true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ a perfect peace and freedom from anxiety. Here is His Word:
God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19 KJV)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV)
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4 KJV)
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)
Since we know that God is not a liar and that He offers a life free from anxiety, what are the guidelines His Word gives? Below are a few, and if you notice, God wants all of us. He does not want us to waver. He does not want us to stop at 90%, nor even 99%. He wants 100%:
No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Matthew 6:24 KJV)
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive. (Ephesians 4:14 KJV)
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:4-8 ESV)
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV)
God paid a high price for you, so don’t be enslaved by the world. (1 Corinthians 7:23 NLT)
If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work. Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts. (2 Timothy 2:21-22 NLT)
In conclusion, we can see in Scripture that God has done His part. It is up to us to apply the ‘spiritual grease’!