Holy on the Outside Only

One of the things Chelsea and I enjoyed most about our time in Europe was the opportunity to see so many cathedrals. No matter which town we were in, we knew we could see at least one grand edifice, with its lofty ceilings, soaring buttresses, and towering steeple. These buildings did a lot to remind one of the holiness and grandeur of God. Simply stepping inside a cathedral made me want to whisper and act with the utmost reverence. One cathedral, however, proved a disappointment. We were in Dublin, walking along the narrow streets, when we turned a corner. Suddenly, there was a beautiful stone cathedral directly in front of us, somewhat built into the rest of the shops along this particular street. Upon reaching it, however, we discovered that it was no longer a cathedral. In fact, it was no longer anything close! This church had been converted into an office complex, with several business operating out of it.

In the Bible, Paul makes this statement: "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" (1 Corinthians 6:19). In this particular situation, Paul is talking about morality and remaining true to a person's marriage vow, but the principle expressed can be applied in many different situations. When people see us, they should see a grand cathedral, pointing them to the holiness and grandeur of God. When they get to know us, however, what do they find? Does our interior match our exterior, or are we holy on the outside only? Have we lost the relationship with God on the inside and become concerned with simply making an earthly living? Or worse yet, are we so concerned with what we look like on the outside that we've neglected to keep our interior relationship with God intact? Let's remember that the inside is what matters most. If we make sure that we have a relationship with God, the outside will grow to match it. Let's be careful not to become an office building housed in a cathedral.

Developing my relationship with God,

Pastor Sutherland