Wisdom is an important priority that often gets overlooked in our busy, busy, hurry, hurry 21st Century mindset. We live in an advanced technological world where many people tend to equate intelligence with wisdom and they forget or are totally unaware that they are still fallible human beings created by a great God who loves them and longs for a relationship with them. And that God, who is infallible, is more interested in the condition of our hearts than in our intelligence.
Our heart’s design is most important to God!
It is wise to make our interior design a priority!
Let’s say you build a beautiful new home with charming curb appeal. Your yard is beautifully landscaped with splashes of color making it charming, appealing, inviting! The front door holds a gorgeous wreath, and the welcome mat beckons friends and neighbors to stop by to meet you. The doorbell rings. Your neighbor stands waiting for the warm welcome that the exterior of your home suggests. Imagine their surprise if you were to open the door to an empty shell of a home! No walls, no flooring, no plumbing, no electrical wiring, no lights, no furniture! There are not even any studs for the walls! Your beautiful exterior is nothing but a facade for a huge empty space!
I realize this sounds ridiculous! But the sad thing is, this is often how we live our lives. We put forth great effort, and spend lots of time and money to have an appearance of everything being not only OK in our lives, but even great! Our homes appear to be perfect from the outside, and we dress to impress before we go out putting smiles on perfectly made-up faces with every hair in place, even when we feel empty, hurt, or just exhausted from the breakneck speed of life. If we had magic glasses and could look beyond the exterior world of appearances, what would we see? What would others see in you?
It is easy to spot someone who is down and out, but without those magic glasses it is much more difficult to recognize someone who is up and out. We have been taught to put our best foot and face forward. When someone asks how we are, without even thinking, we smile and say “fine” or “great.” Society gives guidelines for appearances through advertising, television, and social media. We take our cues and present ourselves in a manner to get the results we desire. But the Bible addresses this priority in 1 Peter 3:3-4.
“Don’t be concerned about the outward beauty
that depends on fancy hairstyles,
or beautiful clothes.
You should be known for the beauty that comes from within,
the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit,
which is so precious to God.”
Is it wrong to dress nicely and present yourself with a smile and a kind word? Absolutely not! I don’t think so. Is it wrong to have a beautiful home that is attractive and inviting from the outside? I don’t think so! I don’t believe this verse is condemning the outward appearance, but emphasizing the importance of inner beauty! This verse reminds us that it is wise to make interior design our top priority!
Think back to the ridiculous idea of an empty shell of a house. Without the interior structure to hold it together, it would be easy to destroy by fire or strong winds. And what good would a home like that be? It would be like camping out in a glorified tent. I could survive for a season, but it would get old to me pretty quickly, as I’m quite fond of indoor plumbing and electricity!
We must take time to seek that quiet and gentle spirit that comes from God. It can be present even in the midst of our busy days! When we fail to do so we are walking around like empty shells. It doesn’t take much to light our fuse, and we become agitated or angry. Bad news can be like the strong wind that blows in and knocks us off our feet.
The Bible also tells us that out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. When our hearts are right, beauty overflows both in our appearance and in the words we say! We must make sure that the things that matter most are built into our lives. What we need on the inside is a HEART for the things of God.
H – Honor God by giving Him first place in your life!
E – Enjoy others by thinking of ways to build up and encourage them!
A- Act like Jesus by following His example in the Bible and obeying His commands.
R – Reach out by sharing the gifts you have been given to meet needs that you see.
T – Tell others what God has done for you and about His greatest gift – Jesus!
“By wisdom a house is built.” Proverbs 24:3a
It is wise to build your house and your life:
- On a solid foundation – accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior!
- By seeking God’s blessing – love God and obey His commands!
- With interior design as a priority – develop a heart for the things of God!
Love and Blessings,