"Light fills this temple, its home to a King.
Light fills this temple, it loves from within.
Light fills this temple, it choose the righteous one.
Light fills this temple, the kingdom has come."
I was at a friends house recently and we were out in her garden picking vegetables. She picked this amazing eggplant. When her mum got home she saw the eggplant and how amazing it had grown and then right up the top near the stalk she saw a little hole and she said something that has come back to me a couple of times,
"If the bugs get in they can wreck havoc and destruction on the inside."
It made me think of life. On the outside we may appear to be perfect clean vessels, grown strong and healthy, rich in colour and vibrancy, but only the Father knows our true thoughts, only the father knows the true state of our internal being.
Sometimes our insides are riddled with "bugs", negative thoughts, jealousy, comparison, judgement, dishonor, greed, fear, anxiety, disbelief, control, the list could go on. We may be harbouring unforgiveness or sadness, we may be living defeated or downcast, we may have locked the door on our internal world and thrown away the key.
Jesus says, " . . . whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things . . . "
"Do you want to BE clean or do you want to APPEAR clean?"
What is your source of life? How does life enter your vessel? Can the "bugs" get in at your source of life? Theres that saying, "What you surround yourself with is what you become".
I know for me at times, I struggle with jealousy, comparison, fear and anxiety. I want my vessel to be clean, I want my inside to match my outside and my outside to match my inside.
This is what I know . . .
- We are fearfully and wonderfully made
- I am a Queen
- God knew my innermost parts from the beginning of creation
- Created in the image of God
- We have courage
- My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit
- Jesus came so we have life and life in abundance
- We are loved unconditionally with an overwhelming love, we can't ever change that
If I am rotten inside, I am restored
If I am broken, I am made whole
If I am hopeless, I have he hope of God
If I am afraid, I have Shalom
So if the fruit looks great on the outside and you open it up and finds its rotten and something has been wrecking havoc on the inside. STOP! Look at the fruit and go straight back to the tree. If your source is good then the tree will be strong. Let the seeds rest at the feet of the tree and you will find soon enough the old will pass away and that new life will spring forth.
"Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is the tree of life."
Jesus you are my source, you are my life, you bring new life to the old rotten places, you are my friend and my hope.
11 One who loves a pure heart and who speaks with grace
will have the king for a friend.