DayBreaks for 10/27/11 – It’s What’s Inside
At church once, one of my Christian brothers shared a devotion that I thought was very profound in all of its implications. His thoughts were inspired by Wayne Dwyer, a motivational speaker. The gist of the message was as follows:
If you take an orange and squeeze it, what happens? You get orange juice! It never has resulted in anything other than orange juice. No one has ever squeezed an orange and had tomato juice come out. Neither does lemonade come out – only orange juice? Why? Because it is an orange and orange juice is what is inside.
It doesn’t matter whether you squeeze the orange with your hands, place it under a board and jump up and down on it, or even if you have an elephant stand on it. Whatever is on the outside exerting the force doesn’t change what is inside the orange. It only works to cause what is inside to come out. The pressure exerted on the outside of the orange is what causes what is inside to be produced and revealed.
This is, of course, a parable of life itself, and we as Christians, are like the orange. Life presses in on us, squeezing hard. And whatever it is that is inside of us is what will come out when the pressure gets strong enough.
The question, of course, that we must ask ourselves, is what comes out when life presses in on you? When someone cuts you off in traffic, when someone cuts in front of you in a line at the store, when you hit your thumb with the hammer, when you witness someone being ridiculed for taking a stand for righteousness, when you see injustice – what comes out? When you find yourself without a job, when your health is stricken, when a loved one dies, when debts pile up – what comes out? Do words of praise, seasoned with grace, flow from your lips? Or do bitter words, swear words, ungrateful phrases pour forth?
It depends on what is inside. If your life has been filled, truly filled, with the love and grace of God, the things that come forth will be words and actions that bring glory and praise to Him. On the other hand, if something else comes out, it is an indicator that what is on the inside still needs work.
Prov. 23:7 – “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”
Luke 6:43 – “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”
PRAYER: Jesus, we complain about being squeezed, but help us understand that the squeezing only reveals what is contained on the inside – and we need to know the truth about ourselves! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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