Something Different on the Inside
Updated: Jul 24
Wednesday - July 22nd Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: Matthew 23:27-28
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:21-26
Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your
hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.
After the heavy rains of the remnants of tropical storm Fay, water came running down the interior walls of a Perkasie, Pennsylvania couple, Justin and Andrea Isabell. The stains ran from the ceiling on the second floor to the flooring of the first floor. Some of it even ran down to the basement walls. The Isabell family knew the damage to the roof and the attic must have been awful.
Justin, Andrea, and their children have lived in their 100-year-old home in Perkasie for five years. They told CNN they haven't had any significant issues with it, apart from common repairs that come with owning a century-old home. Earlier this month, their neighborhood received heavy rain from Tropical Storm Fay, so they thought the streams coming down the wall were from water damage. Saturday morning, the couple took a closer look and realized the liquid was actually fresh honey.
They had not had any problems with bees. Never heard any buzzing coming from their attic or anywhere in the house. Once they discovered the steams of liquid were actually honey, they went outside and looked over the house - especially around the roofline. They were looking for evidence that bees were entering and exiting their house somewhere. Finally, Andrea looked out and saw a bee slip in behind a downspout and disappear. Then she saw another going in and several coming out. The location was perfect for them to go in and out of the attic. They now knew definitively that the bees were living with them in their home.
Experts believe the rain from Tropical Storm Fay did get into the attic and washed the nectar from the hive creating a more liquid form of honey that ran down the walls. Andrea said she had to work hard to keep her young children from licking the walls, something they could not stop their family dog from doing.
Justin and Andrea connected with a local contractor who is also a beekeeper. He removed a hive estimated to have 20,000 to 30,000 bees from the Isabell's attic. The contractor relocated the beehive to his farm. Can you imagine licking honey from your walls and finding out you had been living with that many bees?
Justin told one media outlet. "Everything looked good from the outside, you would have never known what was really going on inside the attic of our house." That quote caught my attention. Jesus confronted religious hypocrites for looking good on the outside while they were filled with evil. In Matthew 23:27, Jesus confronted them by saying, "You are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people's bones and all sorts of impurity." I never want anyone, let alone Jesus, to say that about me.
Look at your own life. Are you putting on an outward show of purity, goodness, and kindness while you are full of impurity, evil, and unkindness? Ask God to expose any duplicity or hypocrisy in your life. Allow Him to be like the contractor who removed the bees. Let Him look inside you and convict you of anything you are keeping deep inside that does not match who you are called to be in Jesus. Confess it. Remove it. Jesus wants the world to see His purity, goodness, and kindness in how we live. He knows that starts within us before it is demonstrated on the outside.
Maybe you don't have honey running down your walls. Perhaps you don't have 20,000 to 30,000 bees in your attic (although I imagine you'll be checking your attic now). But, we all need to look and see where our hearts don't align with Jesus. The only way to be a bright light for Him in the world is to remove any sense of hypocrisy in our lives.
Jesus detests the hypocrisy of a life that looks good on the outside but rots spiritually on the inside!