Blessed… There is Mold Inside!

“How terrible it will be for you legal experts and Pharisees! Hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs. They look beautiful on the outside. But inside they are full of dead bones and all kinds of filth. In the same way, you look righteous to people. But inside you are full of pretense and rebellion” (Matthew 23:27-28, Common English Bible).

They had a beautiful home. When you drove up outside you saw a well-manicured lawn. Someone had taken the time to clean out the gutters. Someone in that house didn’t believe in the saying, “I don’t do windows.” The driveway to didn’t have a spot of oil on. The brick looked like it had been pressure washed within the last week. On top of that, was the paint. When I was in the Navy we all said, only half joking, that you began painting at one end of the ship. When you reached the other end, it was time to start over again. It looked like this homeowner had been in that Navy and now treated his house like we kept the ship.

Every time I went to these folks home, it looked good. When you went inside it looked a great deal like the outside. Everything had a place and everything was in its place. The floors were swept or vacuumed. The furniture was dusted. It was immaculate. It didn’t matter if they knew I was coming or if I just showed up unannounced, This house looked good, inside and out.

One day the homeowner called me. “Pastor, can you swing by the house this afternoon?” I told him I would and within a couple of hours I was there. He was outside when I drove up. We exchanged pleasantries and then he invited me in.

Imagine my shock when I walked in the door and all I could see were the wall studs and pieces of broken sheetrock on the floor. I asked him what was going on. He responded by taking me on a tour of the house and pointing out the black mold in just about every room in the house.

We went back outside and sat down in his lawn chairs. I started to think about the number of times I had been in his home. It always was spotless. It always looked so good. But, while we were sitting there talking in his spotless home, there was something eerie growing inside the walls. The outside looked. Inside the walls, not so much. Even that day, Things on the outside looked really good but inside the house, not so much.

In today’s lesson, Jesus was telling the Pharisees and legal experts they were a lot like that house. They looked good on the outside but they were pretty filthy on the inside. They looked righteous but their hearts were anything but.

The same thing can apply to you and me. We can go to church. We can read our Bibles. We can look like we know and do all the right things. But inside, are our hearts pure? Do we live the part like we look the part?

How do you live the part?

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

Joy and Thanksgiving<
Keith

Copyright 2017, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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