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"I write for the unlearned about things in which I am unlearned myself." - CS Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Underwears: Lacey and frilly or Plain and Unflattering.


I went shopping with my niece, and she had a puzzled look on her face when I picked up some underwear. Then she asked why we had to buy underwear with laces and frills on them when nobody is going to see us wearing them. (Well I’ll get married someday, so someone would definitely see them, but i wasn't about to drive that point home to a little girl) Since i am an unmarried girl, I guess she has a point. Why do I want the fancy underwear when I can stick with the practical ones? Why not just grab anything i can find and be on my way, after all, who is looking?
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Well, I buy them because I love to feel good on the inside as much as I love to look good on the outside. Besides, If there happens to be an impromptu street stripe search, I want to be ready and able to stand with my head held high if I have to take my clothes off in public. I don’t want to look a mess on the inside and all sassy and nice looking on the outside.So while no one else is seeing me, i love my inside look.
No matter how refined we are… pretty, well dressed and sophisticated, everything changes when what's beneath the surface is brought to light. If underneath fails to compliment the surface, then peoples views about us change. Sometimes Christianity can be like a well dressed lady in designer clothes and lovely hats, but wearing unflattering underwear on the inside.
Christianity is more about the heart, than the number of times we go to church, the number of ‘God bless yous” we say, the hours we dedicate to charity and the weight our money puts on the offering baskets. Yes, It is about all those things, but what matters most is the heart.

Who are we when we’re all alone, by ourselves, stripped of the beautiful and fashionable robe of Christianity? Is there more to our walk than just church?
Imagine they had one of those x-ray glasses that see through things, and random people see through your fancy dresses everyday... you certainly wouldn't want to be a victim especially if you use unflattering undies. That's how God sees through our actions everyday, he sees right through and looks into our hearts. Michael W. Smiths sings that he searches much deeper within, through the way things appears, and he is looking into our heart. 
Remember when Samuel went to Jesse’s house to anoint a new king of Israel? He saw lovely looking men, well dressed, handsome and princely, and he was ready to anoint Eliab the first son, and subsequently the other brothers that he saw, but God stripped them of their 'religious' robes from the heavens and saw their hearts. In today's world, they would probably be the Pastor's assistant, the head usher, the choir leader, the department head... but they had nothing as handsome as their looks on the inside, they wore plain unflattering undies  "But the LORD said to Samuel, “Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7
A change of heart is the first step to peace and a nice loving relationship with God beyond the fancy cloak of Christianity, the underwear of a heart of worship and praise and thanks and compassion and love that is all lacy and frilly on the inside is what completes the look for us. Don’t harbor the wrong thoughts and attitudes on the inside thinking no one can see, God sees it all, one day we just might need to stripe on the streets, you don’t want your less appealing undies to be seen, do you? I certainly don't.
If you think it's worth looking good on the outside, then it's worth looking good on the inside too.
"May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer." Psalm 19:14

8 comments:

  1. Great analogy, and teachable moment. I actually mix up my choices, food for thought.

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  2. Word,100000000000% On point.

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  3. I just love the way you use everyday stuff to teach the word!!

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  4. Your analogies brings the Word to life!!!
    amazing!!!

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  5. This is a very good time to share this message as we set goals for the year. As we work on what we look outside, we shouldnt forget our insides too. We should take care of those parts that no one see but God. Happy New Year.

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  6. I'm a new Christian blogger and you are so good! I, along with everyone else above me, love your analogys. so thank you!

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