Finding a treasure in the thrift store is a lovely hunt. Wandering through isle upon isle, digging through pile after pile, and searching through rack after rack, just to find that one item laid aside by another that will bring much joy to another. It may take some cleaning, and mending to restore it to its once original condition, but it’s worth it, as it will be of great use and be admired by the new owner.
Digging through the rooms of our hearts we may find things that have piled up, put aside but not dealt with. Purifying our souls with the power of the Holy Spirit by obeying God’s word can create a change in the disposition of the soul. Sanctification, being set apart unto God for His work, requires an active and continuous search of the fruit that is growing or rotting within in the soul. Should there be a deep root of bitterness within the heart it will affect the outward disposition. As believers our love for our brothers and sisters in Jesus should be unfeigned or sincere and without hypocrisy. True love flowing from the heart of God through His willing vessel cannot be faked. Fake shiny fruit hanging on a dead vine may look good, but it is imitation none the less and obvious to others.
How much more lovely is it when we dig deep into the treasure that God has left for us! Digging deep into the treasure God keeps for us in His word give us water with which to wash away the unsightly sinful stores within the heart, and gives us gold and silver and precious jewels with which to adorn our soul. These jewels sparkle and shimmer and reflect the true love of Jesus, and then can we love one another intently with a purified heart. See to it today Beloved that we shine brightly, without a counterfeit love, for the lost and dying world needs FAITH, HOPE and LOVE, and the greatest of these is LOVE.
© Monika Hardy