Tuesday: 27th November, 2018
Reference text: Luke 21:5-11
Luke 21:5 Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls.
Many Houses in Britain do not look appealing from the outside. In fact, I even dare say that on the basis of exteriors, majority of buildings will be written off as ‘aesthetically unappealing’. However, one is often in for quite a treat when they make a decision to go inside. When that choice to see past the outside is made, you can really be in awe at the brilliance of the interior.
I really do not know the reasoning behind this concept of ‘don’t let the exterior cloud your judgement’ used in British houses, because that is what is seen in today’s Gospel. While the people stood outside the temple admiring its adornments, they were told: ‘a time is coming when all that will be thrown down’.
In Proverbs 31:30 we read Charm can be deceptive and physical beauty will not last, but a woman who fears the Lord should be praised.’ Here, the focus is not on the woman particularly, but the fact that she fears the Lord- her attitude is what ought to be praised. Many are still hooked on to the idea that ‘your appearance can take you anywhere’, but they seem to ignore the real possibility of staying there: that is when what is inside comes into play: character and attitude.
Where those will take you, and keep you at, charm and beauty will not dare dream about. My dear, God, who created both the inside and outside, has never been on the look out for a person’s exterior, He has always seen past that because the inside speaks volumes. Your appearance and choice of clothing are just a small fraction of who you are because everything else about you, comes from within. So stop looking only on the outside.
Remember # your character: the mental and moral qualities distinctive to you which informs your speech, actions and inactions, can tell a lot more about you than your clothing and looks ever would.