Whitewashed Tombs

I love painting furniture. We have a resale shop that supports the ministry and one of my favorite thing about the store is wondering what amazing treasures will come in each day as donations. Well, a lot of the times, pieces come in that to the natural eye, belong nowhere but the dumpster, but to someone like me, I call that a challenge.

I love finding trash by the side of the road, throwing it in the back of my truck and taking it home to give it a new life. Now that we have the store, it’s even easier to turn someone’s trash into another person’s treasure.

There is a cute little brown table that I am staining pink and aging it to look antique. It is going to be adorable. I put a couple coats on yesterday and this morning and I was thinking to myself, well, the pink is almost done, it’s almost time to antique it, when I scooted down lower on the ground and realized I had forgotten to reach underneath with the brush.

I thought, “ooh, I have to work on the underneath area. If someone turned this upside down, they would see, it isn’t finished.” Then, Holy Spirit asked me, “what does this mean to you spiritually?” I immediately thought about how we can dress ourselves up on the outside, appear to have it all together, say all the right things, wear all the right things, but if our hearts are ugly, we are no better than the Pharisees in the bible.

In Matthew 23:27 Jesus rebukes the Pharisees and says, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.”

We can be just like the Pharisees and Teachers of the Law when we become people pleasers caring more about what the world cares about in appearances and such and caring less about what God cares about, which is our heart.

Is it ok to want to look nice on the outside? Of course. But, if we only care about taking care of the areas that people see, and neglecting renewing our minds and crucifying our flesh so that we look more like Jesus, we truly are like a really pretty table on the outside that is basically unfinished.

2 Corinthians 4:16 says, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” Friends, as believers in Jesus Christ and disciples dedicated to looking more like Christ each day, we need to allow God to work on us from the inside out.  We need to allow him to sand off the old nature that so easily gets entangled in the things of this world. We need to allow Him to pour His precious blood over our sins, and then carefully make us into His masterpiece as we pray and spend time with Him renewing our minds in His Word and submitting to His perfect will for our lives.

Then, we will no longer we whitewashed tombs. We will look like shiny, new creatures, created in true holiness and Godliness.

Yes, now that’s some trash to treasure.

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