Tuesday, June 3, 2008
A sad sight at a beautiful place...
I had to make a trip to beautiful Lake Placid yesterday. The sun was shining and the smell of lilacs was in the air. It was a perfect day.
The reason I was there was, I was asked to go to an apartment that was being rented by someone who lost perspective in life, and the place was "trashed". There was stuff thrown all over and garbage was left on the kitchen floor. It was rotting and staining the floor, and beginning to smell bad. I will not ask you to continue to imagine what it must have been like, since it is not a pleasant thing to do.
We are pondering the concept of being one in Christ, and looking at ourselves with honesty through the magnification of the Word. I was reminded of the many discussions that Jesus had with the religious people of His day. He compared them to whitewashed building harboring rottenness - looking great on the outside but full of death on the inside.
The sight of the incredible beauty of spring was all around the perfect looking apartment house in Lake Placid, but one floor had become uninhabitable and was full of mess and garbage and disarray. You would never be able to tell from the street that the house had that problem.
Putting on a front will not bring anyone into a holy existence, or allow righteousness to flourish. We all have rotting, stinking garbage tucked away in our life. I don't know about you, but I'd much rather identify it as what it is, chuck it, and replace it with His beauty and order and peace.