God was really showing off when He made the apple.
Reference: “Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,” 1 Timothy 3:2 NIV
Explore: I love apples. There’s nothing quite like biting into a fresh, crisp apple.
The skin is tight and inside the flesh is juicy and crunchy all at the same time. God was really showing off when He made the apple.
With all this potential, I must say it’s pretty disappointing when you see an apple that looks good on the outside but when you take a bite you get nothing but mush. The insides are soft, floury and dry.
It doesn’t matter how good it looks like on the outside, if the inside is rotten then you just want to throw the whole thing away.
Application: When the Bible instructs us how to live it gives us many more insights as to what we should be like on the inside, rather than how we should look on the outside. It is our character and attitude that really makes us appealing.
Paul talks about leaders being faithful, self-controlled, hospitable, respectable… Never does it mention what clothes we should wear or which suburb we should reside in.
It’s easy to blend with the world and focus more on our outer appearance. When really we want to be appealing to God by cleaning up our internal thoughts and actions.
Prayer: Lord, show me the areas in my life where I need to work on to display Your character and love. Amen.
Does your life currently reflect more of God’s health or the world’s success?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.