On my way to work the other day I passed a home for sale. Prominently attached to the For Sale sign was one similar to the placard pictured above. I smiled because it occurred to me that many of us spend so much time working on "curb appeal" that we often neglect the very things that make a house a home.
As Christians we sometimes neglect the work it takes to make us "gorgeous inside." We may look good physically or appear mentally and emotionally sound but inwardly we are a wreck! When provoked (or maybe just because "everyone else does it") we spew profanity or rage at total strangers who dare to cut us off in traffic. Where is the beauty in that?
In a world where so much emphasis is placed on outer beauty we often overlook the importance of developing the "unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight" (1 Peter 3:4, NIV). It is his love and character shining through us that ultimately draws others to him.
When we want to sell a home we spend time making both the outside and the inside attractive to potential buyers, don't we? Then why don't we as Christians focus on what's truly important--developing love and Christlike character through the daily disciplines of prayer and time in God's Word? Only when our spiritual house is in order can we hope to sell others on their need for Christ.
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