Thursday, January 1, 2009
The other day when I was peeling an onion to put in the dressing for Christmas dinner I made a stinky discovery! The onion that looked nice and healthy and felt good and firm was in fact neither! When I cut the top off to start peeling it I saw that the inside was sour and mushy! Into the garbage can it went and I was off to find one that was sound, inside and out. It reminded me of the Scripture in Matthew 23: 27 that says of the Pharisees..."for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones and of all uncleanness."
And it got me to thinking. About myself. How sometimes I may look and act and sound like I am really up close to God when, actually, I may have slipped away from where I should be. I may still look all right on the outside but may be all stinky and sour inside. I may even be able to hide the real condition of my heart from you... but never from God! "..for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." I Samuel 16: 7
I don't want people to look at me and think that I'm something I'm not. Sometimes I feel very close to God. Sometimes I feel very far away. Sometimes the words that Jesus applied to "scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites" also apply to me! "Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity." Matthew 23: 28 But when I feel far away, it's not God's fault but mine.
In this new year of 2009 I want to do more for the Lord than I have done in the past. I want more of my days to be days of obedience and honor to Him and less of my days to be filled with my own selfish greediness.
May God bless you as you, too, strive to be all you can be this year for Jesus!
Happy New Year!