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White as a Lippizaner Stallion

And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him. Colossians 3:10

Oh, the majesty of the legendary Lipizzaner stallions! These horses, shown and trained primarily at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria, have a tremendous history of notoriety and prestige. Having been bred for over 430 years, the Lipizzaner stallions were originally trained for use in war. But, since the days of using horses in battle are all but over, their tremendous skills in classical dressage are showcased in arenas to awestruck audiences daily. Their pure white coats exude the elegance of the royalty for whom they were originally bred. Interestingly though, every Lipizzaner stallion is born dark or black. As they age, their coats gradually change from dark, to gray, and eventually, between six and ten years old, to the pure white coat for which they are known. It is exceptionally rare for an adult Lipizzaner stallion to be black.

What an analogy there is in these horses to the life of every Christian. When we are born, our hearts are black with sin. Once we respond to the message of the gospel and meet Jesus Christ at the foot of the cross, our black hearts are made white by His blood. The moment we become His, we begin to fulfill the special purpose we were created to fulfill.

That is the first, and simplest similarity. The second goes much deeper. As we mature in our relationship with Jesus Christ, there should be no desire to go back to the old way of living. Nothing in our spiritual nature desires a friendship with our fleshly nature, so that should be our mindset, as well. Unfortunately, there are some Christians who will give up in the things of God, backslide into the world, and go back to a life of sin. But that should be a rarity. We should keep such short accounts with God and be willing to confess even the smallest things to Him that there is no time to develop a heart totally blackened by sin. It should be uncommon for a church member to have a black heart. It should be unusual for a Christian to be a “black sheep.”

Let’s determine to live the life we were created to live and to always keep our hearts as “white as a Lipizzaner stallion” before God.

Read also: Colossians 3:1-11

Quote of the day: "Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.”

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