TAKE AN INSIDE LOOK
I have come to realize that what many of us see is always the outside of a person or thing. Our physical eye does not take us beyond the outside. This is the reason why so many people take time to clean the outside of a cup better than the inside. Some people also take good care of their sitting room but leave the inside (rooms) any how even dirty.
When Samuel went into the house of Jesse to anoint a king according to 1 Samuel 16: When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”
but the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
This often time affect our judgment and the way we see things.
We tend to focus on our outside, the way we dress, we look, we talk etc yet our inside is left uncared for. According to 1 Corinthians 12 ‘on the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it.’
Everyone should take better look on his or her inside because there, the battle of life is either lost or won. And if we must win, then, we should work more on our inside by taking an inside look.
Furthermore, many of us blame others for our troubles without first looking at ourselves. To win this battle of life, we must first do a check up of our selves.
Your not making it in life should not be blamed on your father who died young, or your mother who is a trader or on the fact that there is no money among many. Trust in God and you will see the day of glory.
TAKE AN INSIDE LOOK
‘FAR TOO “HEALTHY” SPIRITUALLY’
I have come across so many people who feel that they are spiritually sound and so they cannot fall, yet you find them fall like Goliath before David when faced with life challenges.
Never say you are big or small but daily trust God to help you stand. Though many take the matter of self examination for granted, some say there is no need for it since grace is available. It is good to daily check ourselves so as to know our spiritual worth in God. According to the book of Revelation 3
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.
Never think you are big when small. God determines that aspect of you. All God expects from you and I is submission to His authority and he will lift you up.
Paul says according to 1 Corinthians 15 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
Recognising His grace is far better than trusting in yourself.