We live in a world where most people are only concerned with how they look on the outside. They buy the most expensive clothing, make sure their make-up is always “slayed” and “on point”, and crave for their outward appearance to be acceptable to the human eye.
That is all fine and dandy because I know everyone likes to look their best, but when has it become okay to pay close attention to how you look on the outside but neglect what is happening inside your heart and soul?
There are plenty of people walking around with a smile plastered on their face, but inwardly, they are experiencing pain, havoc, and turmoil.
I, myself, can attest to this.
From the outside, my life appeared to be peachy—like I had everything ‘figured out.’ I honestly believed the only thing that mattered was how people perceived me. On the inside though, I felt empty, numb, depressed, and hopeless.
But as I gave my heart to Jesus, he started to deal with me and showed me everything I was ignoring inwardly. Trust me when I say it has been an ongoing learning process!
Over the last couple of months, the Lord has opened my heart to a couple of scriptures;
Luke 11:39-40 NLT “…You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and wickedness! Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside?”
1 Timothy 2:10 NLT “For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do.”
The Lord is not saying to neglect your appearance. No, he is saying your primary focus should be on how you treat others. Don’t seek approval from others based on what you wear. Clothes are here today and gone quickly, but your good actions will live on forever. Allow people to see you for what you do, not by how you look or what you wear.
What good is it to look your best outwardly, but ignore the depression you are going through on the inside? It makes no sense. God cares more about how you feel than how you look. He doesn’t want his children to believe they must go through lustful desires, anger, selfishness, self-pity, and depression in silence. He cares about every part of your life. Jesus didn’t sacrifice his life for us to only care about the fleshly things or be miserable internally. He wants you to feel your best emotionally and spiritually while enjoying the abundant life he has planned for you.
With that being said, I encourage you, my lovely reader, to clean your cup. Allow God to set you free from whatever you are secretly battling with inwardly. He will cleanse and purify you from any destruction that is waging war against your soul.