I was at the store the other day and I saw a garbage can on sale for the bargain price of only $265.99. I must assure you I did not purchase the garbage can, but it did get me thinking, what can I learn from an expensive garbage can? Turns out, quite a bit.
I got curious and did some research and believe it or not there are such things as “smart garbage cans” that are capable of (among other things) compacting your waste, playing music, and opening and shutting with just a simple voice command. These cans can cost over a thousand dollars.
Aside from the functionality of “smart cans” I began to think about the concept of spending a large amount of money on an item that, while it may look good on the outside, when opened is still simply full of garbage.
If there is garbage on the inside it doesn’t matter how good the outside looks, it will still stink.
- 1 Samuel 16:7 reminds us that while people tend to focus on outward appearances, God is focused on our hearts.
- Peter tells us that finding ourselves beautiful in God’s sight is far more important than being outwardly adorned.
- And in 1 Timothy we can read that even though being physically fit has some value, being spiritually fit (godliness) is valuable in every way.
The Bible makes it clear that what is on the inside is far more important than what we can see on the outside.
As a human being, we do tend to care deeply about what others think of us. We will get certain haircuts or buy a specific style of clothes to fit in. And while being trendy is certainly not a sin, seeking the approval of people over the approval of God is. How we dress and how we look physically need to always be secondary to how we love, trust, and obey God.
Another layer of this discussion is that we, sometimes, will “dress up” in more ways than just hair, clothes, and jewelry. Sometimes we try to dress up our lives with little “white lies” that make us look better than we actually are. Our straight-A kids have C’s, our promotion was really just a cubical change, and it only took 8 tries to get that candid photo we posted on the ‘gram.
God knows us. God sees what and who we truly are.
Now, please don’t walk away from this thinking that I am calling all of us trash. Well, maybe I am. But if I am it’s only because, compared to everything that Jesus has done and everything that He is…we kind of are. Our own goodness could never ever compare to His ultimate righteousness.
So, let us commit to worrying less about what’s on the outside, both in our own lives as well as how we view others. Let us also commit to asking God to not just make our outsides look good, but more importantly, to take away all the garbage that we have been storing up on our insides.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” -Psalm 51:10