STILL BUILDING FROM THE INSIDE OUT
(Written by Sheila Gail Landgraf)
Jesus appeared to be just a normal man with nothing especially attractive about him. There was no indication of his royalty as The Son of God when you looked upon Him. He appeared very humble in character. The badger skins on the outside of the tent that made up the tabernacle were just the same. They were ordinary and common and there was nothing exceptional about them that would make you think they covered a beautiful place or formed a habitat for the true worship of God, or provided a shelter for the place where God actually dwelled among the people. The outward physical appearance said nothing about the inward spiritual beauty.
Any person looking upon Jesus and judging by his outward physical appearance would never guess who He actually was; and they would never be able to grasp his deep inner beauty; or that He actually was and IS the True Son of God.
They would need to really get to know Him and be in relationship with Him in order to see these things that truly matter the most. This is how the disciple named Peter came to realize who Jesus was; by living with Him day-in and day-out. This was the only way that an ordinary fisherman like Peter could begin to grasp the magnificance of The Son of God. To know Christ someone would have to look deeper into the eyes of Christ and listen to Him, and ponder and comprehend His words and spoken thoughts. They would need to actually see and observe how He lived out His life, all the little details and elements that made Him be who He is.
This could be such an important lesson to all of us, not only in our relationship with Christ; but also in how we go about dealing with other people. Sometimes the most insignificant people on the outside turn out to be the ones with truest character and the people of the most integrity and love. You can never discover these things without getting past the physical and coming closer to the spiritual side of relationships. It is the same with people and it is the same with worship. If you only saw the outside of the physical tabernacle; you could not experience the depths of what happened inside the tabernacle.
Are we so busy criticizing and analyzing the outward appearance that we forget to look deeper into the inside?
So much beauty could be found in the wilderness tabernacle deep within the folds of all those layers of the curtains. All of the same things can be found within the temporary tabernacle you call your body, that place that you walk around in; if you allow God’s Holy Spirit to set up residence inside your heart and begin to bless your life.