I had a boss one time tell me that he would always know how I was doing based on my work space. If it was neat and tidy, I needed more to do. Should it be messy, I was busy with work and could clean up later. Obviously this wasn’t a job that demanded cleanliness first and foremost.
In Isaiah 9:5 we read “For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood”. A soldier who is in the heat of battle is not going to look like he is ready for the parade grounds. In fact he can expect to be dirty, tired, sweaty, and maybe even injured.
In all honesty this picture doesn’t show all the scrapes and cuts on my hands from working. Those small injuries are some proof that I have been working. Conversely a Christian who has been under attack by the enemy will be injured to one degree or another. Hopefully it is nothing serious and the pain from it dismissed as nothing but service to the King. Severe injury requires a trip to the Healer. But a clean uniform and manicured spiritual nails belongs to one who is not in the fight.
Ephesians 6:12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Church it’s a spiritual battle field out there and one way or another we are all in it; even if we are just sitting on the sideline. A Christian on the sideline isn’t fighting for Jesus and thus is working for the enemy.