Inside-Out

On a daily basis, we are bombarded with advertisements of things that will satisfy the desires of our flesh or seemingly make us look better on the outside. There is always a better cream that will make us look younger, or a device, or pill that will make us loose weight instantly, or things we can do to change parts of our bodies which we are not too content with. Unfortunately, as Christians, we too can get sucked in into this gimmick of focusing on our bodies at the expense of our Spirit being.

Man is a Spirit, has a soul and lives in a body! This seems like a simple statement yet it is profound in that when we understand that we ought to live inside-out and not outside-in, then our priorities will change. It is the Spirit man that everything we do comes from, and the state of the Spirit man is reflected in the state of the heart of a man. That is why King Solomon cautioned us to “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life” [Proverbs 4:23, AMP]. Keeping and guarding your heart does not just entail putting a barrier around it so no one hurts you, but it means ensuring that what enters and leaves your heart through words, thoughts and actions glorifies God.

It calls for a spiritual investment which cannot be done casually or haphazardly. It involves a constant and dedicated effort through prayer [1 Thessalonians 5:17], soaking in the Word [Romans 12:2], singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs [Ephesians 5:18-19], being careful of the company we entertain [1 Corinthians 15:33, 2 Corinthians 6:14] and being mindful of what we let enter our hearts through words, music and thoughts [2 Corinthians 10:4-5, Luke 6:45]. Essentially keeping and guarding your heart requires you to be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil” [Ephesians 6:10-11, AMP].

At the end of the day we can spruce up and look as modelesque as we want to, and receive all the high praises from men for how we look, while the real (wo)man may be rotting away. Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, so it is equally important to invest in it as well and take good care of it. However, we must always remember that “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature. I’ve already eliminated him. God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart” [1 Samuel 16:7, MSG].  While you invest in your spirit man, there would be days you would wonder if it is all worth it. Yes it is, and don’t give up because Though our outer man is [progressively] decaying and wasting away, yet our inner self is being [progressively] renewed day after day. For our light, momentary affliction (this slight distress of the passing hour) is ever more and more abundantly preparing and producing and achieving for us an everlasting weight of glory [beyond all measure, excessively surpassing all comparisons and all calculations, a vast and transcendent glory and blessedness never to cease!], Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting” [2 Corinthians 4:16-18, AMP].

It is has been said that what you invest in, shows what you care about.  What do you care about? Why don’t you invest in your Spirit today and see yourself transformed and be made beautiful from the Inside-Out!

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