Like our kitchen floor? It’s shiny, so naturally I like it.
Maybe you like the rustic look better. A dark, sanded down natural wood, rather than the polished style the finish gives this.
That’s fine; both make for nice flooring. Of course, if your wood is bad, it doesn’t much matter how it looks on the outside– polished or rough. If it’s weak and eaten through by termites, it’ll prove worthless when you need it most.
In a similar way, our hearts are the same. We can look great on the outside and be hollow and soiled through on the inside. That’s what Jesus confronted the Pharisees about. The Pharisees were the top Religious folks around and to say they weren’t squeaky clean was a bit of a shock– but Jesus knew they were only appearing clean and righteous on the outside, and that inwardly, needed a good scrub-down: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel! Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” (Matthew 23:23-28)
Wow Jesus, that’s pretty straight forward there! But He’s right. And I know I’m guilty of the same. I don’t want to be dirty and rotted out on the inside. Instead of cleaning the outside so man thinks I’m clean, I first need to work on the inside.
Woodn’t that be nice!