“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.” Ephesians 3:16-17a (NIV)
I am so glad that today is Sunday – a day to reflect, relax and recharge. It has been a busy week for me. I worked at my part-time job ALL week! I wonder how I used to juggle my Thirty One business and my full-time career because after this week, I don’t think I could ever do that again. I kept trying to tidy up on the outside everything that needed to be done – laundry, grocery shopping, Thirty One parties, hostess coaching, working with my team and new recruits and the JOB. On the outside I may have looked like I had it all together but on the inside I was a stressed mess!
Shiny and pretty on the outside while a mess on the inside – that was me!
I realized how good I am at polishing the outside – make-up, hair, clothes and always a smile at least when I leave the house. I follow the rules, fitting in and creating just the right image to convince everyone that I have all together.
I shudder at what people might see if I was turned inside out – as easily as a t-shirt and the world saw my inner clutter. I was blessed that with a crazy week, I had no bouts of adjustment disorder or depression. I tend to be an open book to those who are close to me showing my emotions or as hubby would say, taking the “hot mess” out on the one that is closest to me which is him.
What would happen if people viewed my thoughts, emotions and spiritual condition instead of my carefully constructed shell? What then? Would the world fall apart? Would they think any different of me? Would I look like a failure or just “normal”?
Here’s the truth: There’s One who views us like no other. He sees us from the inside out all the time. God’s Word tells us, “The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart” (I Samuel 16:7b, NIV).
While the world around us obsesses with external makeovers, God longs to begin His work on the inside. When God is the One at work in us and when we join Him by changing our focus from external perfection to His internal perfecting, our beauty will come from our truest, God-created self.
While I work on all the external things, I really need to be working on the internal. Taking one step of faith and asking Him to dwell in my heart. Then Jesus can fill me up on the inside with His strength, power, love and light. Then will our outside would radiate with the beauty of what’s within – his love and grace.
Are you so busy working on the external that you have forgotten to open your heart in faith? Let’s all take that step of faith together… just for today!
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!