Not pilfering, but showing all good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 1 Peter 3:2-4
Shortly after spending a blessed time with some precious people, I noticed that each waking day unfolded; what attempted to look-like, talk-like, write-like and possibly act like me. They sought of had the hair style nailed, then they made a go at what they thought was my clothing style, some ventured to also practice my trade and exercise my talent and then I could swear in an affidavit that some were 3ft away from playing my God-given self and role. I was confused, listless, impaired and exhausted to say the least! However, my source of consolation at that time was the fact that the people who mattered knew how to decipher the real deal from the copy-cat specimen. A few close friends thought I should have been flattered, it was a form of unspoken compliment they argued candidly. Here is why I refuse to concur…
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. 2 Corinthians 3:2-4
It is often said that: “you cannot judge a book by its cover.” The lovely trappings and eye-catching package or wrappings of the exterior can only go so far to vouch for the actual contents of the book. The content being the quality of ideas, thought and presentation, the calibre of endowment, knowledge and results bestowed (i.e. what the reader ends up with for having read the book). Oh but what a great book it would be for popping the eyes, enriching the mind, convicting the soul and blessing the heart. The components of a best seller might I add. We are books being written by GOD, a conglomerate of events, trials, tests, temptations and triumphs. Intricately and lovingly compiled, page after page, chapter upon chapter.
For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept, Line upon line, line upon line, Here a little, there a little.”
looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-3
Though the Author and Finisher of our lives be perfect and incorrigible, some chose unfortunately to douse their pages with smudged ink of rebellion and stubbornness. Thereby reaping a disturbing story of tattered proportions. While the rest in humility and submission, allowed an ongoing and increasingly enhanced master-piece to be their story. By emulating my outward appearance and intending to extract a certain kind of reaction from observers and onlookers alike, the role players wasted time and other-wise needed resources. However, a look at the inside content, creed and its output could have served better as a compass with lasting value.
But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:6-8
The above scripture has often been used by some embittered folk, to batter people of certain look and stature. Whereas the real point of the verse is that God sees the heart first and does His work from the inside out. You see my story has been some time in the making. Every page bears my imprint, genome, testimony, laughter and most time tears. Like Rome I was not built-in a day, and unlike Rome I have not been around too long either. The book cover was designed with the subject matter and content in mind. It would be ridiculous to have the picture of a venomous snake on the cover of a book about the beauty of CHRIST and vice-versa. The outside is sustained and lit-up because of the content of the book and the unique story it tells. No overnight ambition and scheming could replicate ‘this epistle’. The Author says just as much.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Matthew 23:26-28