Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Same....Inside and Out


We have a digital thermometer on our kitchen wall that shows both the temperature inside and the temperature outside. One day last week I looked at it and noticed that it read 71 degrees....both inside and out. It's not very often that both numbers are the same.


It made me wonder about myself. How often am I the same on the inside as I am on the outside? Sometimes I can act cool and calm on the outside but yet be at the boiling point inside! Sometimes I can "do" all the right things outwardly as a Christian but yet not have the right attitude in my heart. Jesus talked to a crowd of people once who were notorious for doing this. He called them hypocrites and gave them a reprimand in Matthew 23:27....Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! 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. Well, ewwwww! Who wants to be like that? I don't! And yet, I'm sure that more times than I would like to admit I probably fall into that category.


I want to say as David did in Psalm 51: 6-10..."Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice. Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me."


I want truth and wisdom in my innermost parts. I want God to wash me whiter than snow. (I know I'm saved once and for all but still I need that daily "washing of the Word") Just as I need to take a daily shower to keep the outside of me clean, I need that daily cleaning from God to keep a right spirit inside!


"Lord, help me to be more like You....inside and out! Amen."


Marilyn

9 comments:

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Oh yes, I so want to get rid of the Pharisee within. Jesus had such harsh words for them and i don't want to be one of them. I think the place that we/I am most susceptible to being a Pharisee is in my own home. The people who know me the best see the worst of me. I pray that more and more they see Jesus, but I know I have a long way to go.

Love that analogy with the thermostat my friend.

Alene said...

Thank you for this incredible visual. A visual I need to apply to my own life at this moment in time and seek to become the same inside and out. David's prayer sums it all up for sure, "Create in me a clean heart, God. Restore a RIGHT spirit within me.!" Blessings friend.

Lynda said...

I really enjoyed this!

Anonymous said...

Very Good!

Thanks,
Peggy

Yolanda said...

Beautiful once again, just like you. And by the way, I'm with you, more time than I would like to admit...I need a good scrubbing!

Rebecca said...

Wow! What a great visual reminder of this challenge! (You do SO well finding/wording your "object lessons"!)

Shannon said...

Thank you for your time to do this, and the photos. Short but full of nuggets of truth! Just what I need for a busy mom!!

Shannon said...

Thank you! Just what I needed.

Anonymous said...

Amen Marilyn, lovely post we all need that daily washing in the word, I too want to be more like Jesus inside and out.

Blessings,
Jean