People of this world focus on the exterior: makeup, facials, liposuction, fancy clothes, hot cars. Models are paid premium, and then not even they are good enough but have to be improved on Photoshop.
They say the heart is nothing. It’s inside. No one sees it. You can dirty up your heart with sin all you want — and don’t judge me for it. Look how beautiful I am on the outside.
But rust on the inside works it’s way out. Prince died of drug abuse. So much for all the adulation.
God tells us to not suppress the pricks of conscience that he has placed inside. You feel bad. You can’t sleep. You have a happy exterior, but inside you’re rotting.
You’ll only get peace from Jesus.
This may sound silly, but people try to clean up their mind, heart, anxiety, conflicts with — trash! What the world gives you is trash, through its sin and temptation. Inevitably, this brings problems to your life. Then going to the worldly therapist, or blocking out the world with worldly music, or drowning your sorrows in liquor, or self-medicating… you get the idea.
Only Jesus can clean your trash — and my trash. Let us return to the Bible, for therein we will find true answers and solutions.
You can’t just wall humans out of your life. It is unhealthy. It should amaze you what love and acceptance to bring to your heart. It will bless your mental and even physical health.
The surface may be placid blue. But underneath, all the contaminants known to man lurk, as this photoshopped pic from Maria Louise on Google Circles suggests.
What pollutions hide in your heart? Only God sees into darkest secrets, in the murky plumbing beneath the splendorous veneers. God wants to dredge and clean.
To watch Secretariat was to laugh at the competition. The thoroughbred liked to start last and then bolt past all the other horses to win often on the last stretch. How the racehorse liked to run! It seemed like he was smiling.
After winning the Kentucky Derby and then Preakness in 1973, Secretariat seemed poised to win the Belmont and become the first Triple Crown winner in 25 years. But his old rival, Sham, stood in the way. Secretariat galloped out, taking the lead early on. His speed was so great, his owner feared he wouldn’t maintain the breakneck pace for the long distance. But Secretariat never slowed and won by a jaw-dropping 31 lengths.
When Secretariat died in 1989, the doctor who performed the necropsy discovered that Secretariat’s heart was twice the size of a normal horse’s heart. Herein lay his success. The powerful machine pumped ample blood to all his system, enabling speed and stamina.
When others look at your ministry, they discount it for superficial reasons. But God doesn’t look at the surface. He sees what counts, how large your heart is. And winning depends not on how large your church or budget are but on how large your heart is.