“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Matthew 23:27
Did you know that pastors paint? I guess probably not every pastor paints, but this one does! This morning I painted one of the women’s restrooms in our church building. It is amazing to me how much cutting in there is in a restroom like that. It took me twice as long as I had expected it would take. Cutting in along the ceiling, cutting in around the light fixtures, cutting in around the toilet stalls where they are connected to the walls. It is such a relief when I get a section cut in so that I can grab the roller and roll the big surface.
In the passage above, Jesus was rebuking the religious leaders of the day because they were only concerned with their outside; what other people saw. They wanted to look good in front of men, but they were not concerned with caring for what was on the inside, their heart. Jesus let them know that the inside is just as important as what is happening on the outside.
Well, painting a restroom is kinda like caring for the inside. It is so nice to have clean, fresh painted walls. New colors, fresh paint smell, a good look. It is important to care for the inside!
What does painting a women’s restroom have to do with talking to people about Jesus? Great question. The thought came to me as I was cleaning up from the job, ‘in order to be truly effective in reaching people for Jesus, we need to pay attention and care for the inside as well.’ Obviously our women’s restroom is on the inside of our church building. But I am referring to the inside of you and me; our hearts! As we strive to reach people for Jesus, we need to make sure that we pay close attention to what is going on inside of our hearts.
My encouragement for us this week: Allow Jesus to wash and paint any surfaces inside of you that may need it this week! Jesus is concerned with your heart just as much as He is concerned with those you are reaching!