One of my favorite snacks is a generous scoop of peanut butter on a fresh stalk of celery. When I grabbed the celery out of the refrigerator recently, I was already imagining how it would taste once I slathered it with peanut butter. But when I took the celery out of the package, and tore off the first stalk, I noticed the inner stalks were discolored.
Although everything looked fine on the outside, something had caused the celery to begin rotting on the inside. Who would have thought I could learn a valuable spiritual lesson from a vegetable?
We can be just like that celery – appearing fine on the outside, when there is something (sin) on the inside that is making us spiritually sick. Jesus put it this way when talking to the scribes and Pharisees:
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Matthew 23:25; KJV
Although following rules might trick us into thinking we’re spiritually healthy, only a right relationship with the Savior can provide the cure we need (click to tweet). When we realize we can’t measure up to the standards of a Holy God, we’re in a position to receive some very good news – He already provided a way to bridge the gap between us.
Bridging the gap
He sent His perfect Son, Jesus, to fulfill the law and make the payment for our sins:
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23
What an incredible God who loves us enough to point out our sin, while showing us He has already paid for it. Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection allow us to be healthy from the inside, out! (click to tweet)
Are you healthy on the inside? You can be! (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:8; 10:9-10,13)
Can I pray for you?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You for using things in ordinary life to illustrate Your profound truths. Show me where I’ve been deceived. Help me embrace Your truth. Thank You for paying my sin debt and making me spiritually healthy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.