I’m not really fussy at all. Except when it comes to chocolate.
I don’t require much.
All I want is my chocolate, milk or dark, to be solid. No mystery filling, not a hollow shell. Solid. Simple enough.
Our faith and walk with Jesus really is kind of like a box of chocolates.
I admit, my heart isn’t always aligned with Jesus and there are times when it’s easy, in the rush, distractedness and circumstances of life to give off the, “you really don’t know what you’re going to get vibe.” And, there are times when it all looks good on the surface, but go beneath only to reveal some pretty disgusting inside filling. Pride, jealously, bitterness, idolatry.
The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7
Am I hollow?
The faith and walk that LOOKS solid but when tested crumbles and disappoints. The shell is lovely and enticing, but cracked, it reveals nothing. Lukewarm faith. It looks good, shows up to church on time, but it’s shallow and hollow.
“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.”
Every Easter as a child, I would faithfully find a SOLID CHOCOLATE CROSS in my Easter basket.
A SOLID CHOCOLATE CROSS.
That’s what HE was. Jesus. Solid.
He was real. No hiding who HE was. There was never a doubt about how HE lived. Scripture tells us that. No jelly filling in Jesus.
HE certainly wasn’t hollow. When tested he stood firmly on solid ground. Endured the temptations of this world and walked surely in the knowledge of who His Father was. Knowing each step of the way, HIS WILL WOULD BE DONE, even to the point of death. A death He did not deserve. Death for you. Death for me.
I’m the first to tell admit it…living solid is hard. The distractions inundate us; the temptations are around every corner but there is a confidence we have, a confidence in the living Jesus died so that we would never again be alone in our walk toward Jesus solid.
I’m working on solid.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
Thankfully, Jesus is unwavering and always willing to MOLD us; searching our hearts for what fills it. In grace, He reveals and refines the areas that need convicted and exposed for what they are. Ugly. Unfit filling. As well, there are times when, in order to reveal the hollowness of our hearts, He may have to break and remake us to remind us that hollow is never His best.
Becoming solid is hard.
Becoming solid is a continual process.
Becoming solid takes a lifetime.
Becoming solid can not be done in my own power; it takes a leaning in and surrender to the only one ever to walk the earth wholly and completely solid.