Joseph Andrews of Independence, MO, USA
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. -John 13:34-35
We sometimes look at an object or a person and make a snap judgment based on the “package” rather than what is deep inside.
In the supermarket I see the box on the shelf. I wonder what kind of cereal is inside, what it will taste like. Will it be crunchy or soggy if I add milk? What color is it? What kind of grain? How much sugar? How many calories? Preservatives? The exterior of the box should give me truthful information; however, sometimes we learn the information may be exaggerated.
The box is secondary to what is inside. It serves an important function; however, I will not buy the box for the sake of the cardboard cover. I buy it based on past experience or what I perceive to be inside. The cereal is primary-for reasons known to my taste buds, my diet, my weight loss program, as well as my cholesterol intake.
In years past, I have purchased a box of cereal and found the package was a great pretense. That may say something about life and its relationships. That’s why we need to consider centering our lives on Jesus-the One whose packaging matches the inner content. Jesus is the One who makes us genuine through the transparency of His sacrificial love. He is the grace which gives us confidence in salvation to bring us to His eternal home.
At times we face issues surrounded by boxes of pretense, and we question what we should do. Can we trust the outer packaging, what the “box” says, or do we look for another more trustworthy box? Sometimes we have to dig into it to find out what’s really inside. We need help. We need a reliable source of information and truth. At such times we are brought to our knees in prayer and we realize we are at the end of our resources and the only one we can really trust is Jesus. He is my Savior-inside and out.
Wherever I am, God is here.
Breathe deeply and prayerfully consider the story you have just read. What is the Spirit’s invitation to you in these words? What does it look like to wake up to God’s presence in this moment?
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