It’s not what it appears to be!

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I was really pleased at the way this picture turned out; what a beautiful old home! Don’t you get a sense of the charm of yesteryear when you look at it?  It just oozes the best of late Victorian living… can’t you just smell bread baking and hear the sound of paying children?

But not everything is what it appears to be.

This is a funeral home.

Yes, it used to be a beautiful turn of the century home, but now it is full of the business of death. This is a principle that goes all through the Bible, and there are many examples of things that are not what they appear to be.  Sometimes, this phenomenon even applies to people who appear to be leaders in the church.

 “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.  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

All of us are susceptible to temptations and problems of the soul, and we must take care that we keep on the right track, and away from the slippery slope.  The other day I was speaking with a Christian brother who has struggled with temptation off and on and who remains concerned by the prospect of falling away from the Lord’s presence. I shared with him something that has helped me from time to time when I am tempted to go in the wrong direction and I’ll offer it to you.

I often ask myself two questions:

1. Do I really believe that what I really believe is really real?

2. Will I remember to ask myself the first question when temptation is at hand?

When I do, the temptation is over, after all we have died to sin through Christ.  If I don’t ask myself those questions, I have a struggle on my hands.

Yes, as we go through the adventure of living with Jesus Christ, we need to be wary of the things of this world, and we should also be wary of becoming something of this world!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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10 Responses to It’s not what it appears to be!

  1. Thank you for sharing this, so much. I have been struggling a lot lately with the problem areas in my life. It seems like the more I grab onto the Hand of God, the more the devil tries to grab onto me. Things get worse, I become so stressed and frustrated, tempted far more etc… I have never been so spiritually at war. I need to crucify my flesh. its a daily struggle. Things like your wonderful post help myself and many other people and children of God become more aware. God bless you! 🙂

  2. Elaine says:

    So very true. The hard part is in the remembering to ask the first question.

  3. vwoods1212 says:

    Thanks for the reminder; it is needed now in our turbulent time of living. Many things/people aren’t what they appear to be is accurate depiction of the world now. Timely reminder. VW

  4. Pam says:

    This is a beautiful home! I was sorry to hear that it has been turned into a funeral home. It has a picturesque beauty about it.

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