By the Charcoal Fire...

By the Charcoal Fire...

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Timing My Shower...

There's a line in today's Gospel that has stayed with me all day - and for good reason. It's from chapter 23 of Matthew's Gospel where Jesus accuses the scribes and the Pharisees of being "like whitewashed tombs that look handsome on the outside, but inside are full of dead men's bones and every kind of corruption..."

It got me thinking - how much time did I spend with the Lord today? How much time did I spend on what's inside? I definitely made sure to have a shower and a shave this morning. It took about 20 minutes total. The outside was looked after - gotta keep those whitewashed walls clean!

But what about the inside - the part of me that no one else sees, the part that only God and I see, the part of me most important to Him and to our relationship?

This coming Sunday's Gospel will remind us that "it is the things that come out of a man that make him unclean" (Mark 7). If what is inside isn't clean, isn't loving in the eyes of the One who knows me best, then what comes out of me can't be clean, can't be loving. Those whitewashed walls won't stay white for long.

Psalm 138 tells us that there is no escape from the Lord. Rather than be frightened by that, let us open ourselves up, warts and all, to the brilliant radiance of His love. He searches us and He knows us.

And better still, despite what's inside, He loves us.

All we have to do is let Him love us. Then, the glossy whiteness of our external walls will be overshadowed by that brilliant Light from within. 

So spend at least as much time with the Lord as with the mirror. And yes, I am speaking to myself as much as anyone.

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