1 Chronicles chapter 22
5 And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly before his death.
Hello friends, I’ve concentrated today’s post on David’s magnificent temple that he was inspired to build for the lord God almighty. This Temple was of absolute outstanding quality, beauty both inside and out, and was to be symbolic of God’s kingdom in heaven. This got me thinking, especially when proclaiming the Gospel, and trying to attract people, maybe for the first time to ‘have faith in Jesus’ and believe in his ‘word’. I mean if we approached potential Christians looking like a dented old tin pot, would they ‘buy’ the Gospel off us? or would they look at us and maybe laugh or something or even be repelled at this ghastly sight before them. If David’s temple was filthy and full of graffiti on the outside might they pinch their noses and just walk away from us ‘not interested’, not even seeing the majesty of God’s glory within! Or trying to sell the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the dark, where the people (who are lost themselves) look at you and see a silhouette and think ‘no thank you to that’, never seeing the love light of Jesus Christ in your soul, which would instantly convert them to Christianity. So the point I’m getting at is ‘presentation’ or first impressions are very important at being true ‘fishers of men’ and preaching the gospel message successfully. To be honest, I don’t have any tattoos, they don’t really appeal to me, although I must say some tattoos are like works of art and do suit people, and when I walk around my home town, the amount of people who wear tattoos are quite high, however when I went to a ‘Jehovah Witness Convention’ which I thoroughly enjoyed, all of the men wore very smart clothes in the main, suit and tie being popular, and I never saw one tattoo on anyone. Very good, clean, presentation. Certainly no dented looking tin cans. All nice and sparkling, ready to sell Jehovah! Presentation therefore is important when representing Jesus Christ. (although I couldn’t prove it, I bet there were still quite a number of people at that convention that actually did have tats – and other similar organisations would probably have the same split). But people aren’t perfect, no one is. The main point is being ‘beautiful inside’, then the tattoos would become transparent as Jesus oozes from you into the ‘lost lamb’. Our dented tin pot become like shiny chrome plate when Jesus came into our hearts, and that tub lard of a soul I once had was completely melted away when Jesus’ warmth sorted it out, like butter on an outside table on a summer’s day, melted away! So the next person that mutters ‘damn you’ or something when they hear you talking about Christ, may one day return with a repentant heart when they see Jesus’ beauty in you, and you aren’t that old dented tin can anymore.
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and may the love of Jesus help you become someone of beauty on the inside, and a nice person on the outside, now and forever more, Amen.