The Ultimate Product
Somebody spilled juice on the corner carpet. It was wiped up but
not properly cleaned and it became a mould that nothing shifted. By the time I
was told about it, the stain was a fixture. Furniture was moved to cover the
unsightly mess and items were rearranged to make it look undamaged and normal.
Over the years I searched for stain removers that worked, I invested time and
energy even to scrubbing the area on my hands and knees with detergent and a
scrubbing brush. Nothing was effective. However, I managed to keep the offensive
area under cover. Nobody knew about it and nobody guessed how much it condemned
all my housewifely pride.
Then one day, I found another product that looked as though it was not going
very far. It was in very ordinary packaging, there had been no publicity about
it that I was aware of and the small print simply said ‘removes and kills
I tried it and it was the ultimate product. Within minutes, the stains were
It reminded me how often I had disguised the stains on my nature; how often I
had shifted the furniture to make myself look undamaged and normal; how often I
had improved my habits and rearranged my priorities. But nothing removed the
Then I saw a different product in simple packaging that I hadn’t heard much
about. The small print simply said, ‘there is now no condemnation to those
who are in Christ Jesus.’ Romans 8:1. I tried it and it was the ultimate
product. Within minutes, the stains and the condemnation were gone.