Jeremiah 13:23, “Can an Ethiopian change his skin or a leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.”
Can a leopard change its spots? We’ve all heard this saying before, but did you know that it was a rhetorical question asked by God Himself? He’s asking Jeremiah this regarding the sinfulness of man. Essentially, we can’t. No matter how good we try to be, we still aren’t good enough — but God is always God enough to have a solution to our sin and pollution.
By nature, we are all fallible sinners — spotted by sin and shame. Through Christ, though, if we accept His free gift of salvation, we have the chance to “change our spots” to become washed clean by the blood of Christ. Jesus sacrificed Himself to make us spotless in God’s eyes so that we could enter His holy presence one day in eternity. Knowing this should make us want to live a better life here, one that honors God.
Have you accepted the gift of salvation? Have you changed your spots? You’ll never live a perfect life on this side of heaven, but you can bask in the coming perfection of your forever in heaven!
Heavenly Father, Forgive me all my sins and trespasses. I know that apart from You, I am spotted and sin-stained. Thank You for the gift of salvation through Christ. May I live a life that honors You knowing that Jesus sacrificed Himself to make me clean. Amen.