Clean on the Outside — Part 1
To this very day, I can still hear my mother telling me to go and clean up my room. Often, I would go and start the process, only to get distracted by some book I was reading or some painting I was working on. The trouble was, I would soon be interrupted by a warning that inspection time was in five minutes. That’s when I would try to hide everything, either under the bed or in the closet, hoping against hope that she would not look in either place.
This is sort of what we do with our lives sometimes. We clean up the outside hoping that no will look on the inside. We even rationalize our sins and actions by making excuses that it is just the way we are, we can’t help it, or by blaming others for our faults.
The fact of the matter is, while all may look neat and clean on the outside, God sees the mess that is on the inside. He is the Master Inspector, and misses nothing. We cannot hide one thing from Him. That is why it is good to pray the prayer of David, who said, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).