When a season comes to an end, I tend to get busy cleaning and refreshing. When I bought my house two years ago, it was nearly perfect the way it was, so I hadn’t changed anything on the interior, except to add my furnishings. One of the bedrooms, had a dark paint on the doors and baseboards; it wasn’t terrible, but it also wasn’t my preference, so I set out to cover it up. Believe me, trying to cover the nearly black color with white paint wasn’t easy, and required multiple coats of paint.
This story reminds me of when Jesus called the Pharisees “whitewashed tombs.” He did not let up on them, and told them exactly what He knew was in their hearts. There are many preachers and churches today, who are full of greed and excess, just like the Pharisees. Be careful that you don’t get caught in their trap, and follow a teaching that cannot be measured by God’s Word. Just like me covering the dark paint with the white paint, it disguises the darkness underneath, but with careful observation, and a heart full of The Holy Spirit, you will be able to discern the truth.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness. Matthew 23:27