I love my kitchen cupboards. They were made by a Christian brother who was in that line of work.
While we were away at the South Coast in early September, our house was flooded. The floors lifted and the bottoms of several cupboards suffered water damage. The insurance have been great but it took time to submit the claim, get quotes and have the claim processed. Because we are going away for three months on Friday, it was decided to lift the floors last Monday so the concrete underneath can dry while we are away. On Thursday the carpenter came to remove the damaged kick-plates of the cupboards.
What he found was distressing. More than the kick-plates was damaged. The moist atmosphere under the cupboards had started to rot the wood of the units themselves – a much bigger repair job than had been anticipated.
I am reminded of two illustrations in the Bible.
Jesus said, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.” (Matthew 23:27-28 NIV)
We can have a life that looks beautiful and ordered on the outside, but underneath is supported by nothing but rottenness. The Pharisees seemed to have it all together. They did their religious duties. In today’s society they would attend church, perhaps lead a Bible-study, fast, pray, serve the poor and seem like shining examples. However their thought lives, their attitudes and their self-righteousness were rotten in Jesus’ eyes. They judged others, they had no love, they did what seemed right in their own eyes but their hearts were far from God.
Jesus also told the parable of the foolish and wise builders. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27 NIV)
We are all sinners and we all have attitudes that are not glorifying to God. We need to prevent the rot that can ruin our lives by crumbling our foundations. Jesus teaches that if we listen to His words and obey them, our foundation will be sound and strong.
Lord Jesus, I feel for the Pharisees. They thought they were righteous. Please open my eyes to areas of rot in my life:- attitudes of jealousy, judging others, lack of love. I do not want to be like the man with a plank in his eye trying to get rid of a splinter in his brother’s eye. Help! Amen.