My mom has this really cool lamp in her living room. It's very ornate with these wooden squares that have a design on each square and then are connected with wire to made a really cool lamp shade. It looked awesome in the store...very beautiful and put together--even ornate. Trouble is, we got it home and the thing doesn't give off much light. It was a great idea someone had. Just not practical. The little squares are all so tightly woven together that the purpose of the lamp seems to have been overridden. Even at night, it puts out little to no usable light. Hmmmm. I wonder how many of us are like that lamp?
We like to position ourselves, build a nice, clean world of church and family, and follow all the rules. However, sometimes I think we lose our aroma. We're so concerned with presentation that we aren't filling. Have you ever eaten at those really expensive restaurants where the presentation is great and after 2 bites it's gone? That's so annoying for people like me who love to eat!!
I don't what it will take for us to stop caring about the appearance and get to the core issues. I know Jesus told the Pharisees, "Your lips speak of me, but your hearts are far from me." Have we lost our ability to shine? Do we still taste like salt, or have we lost our saltiness? Do we have a voice that's trustworthy to the world? Can people really see Jesus in us or are we the biggest stumbling block to their belief in Jesus?