Recently, I made a long road trip from Washington State to Texas. Since I am no longer a kid, I didn’t push the trip too hard and at the end of the day, I would get a hotel/motel room.
I was blessed to not encounter any bed bugs and each accommodation provided a small breakfast in the morning.
Since I was trying to make the most of each day, instead of sitting down to eat breakfast, I would just grab an apple or two that I would eat on the road. I love apples.
Well, one morning I was a couple of hours into the drive and decided to bite into this delicious looking apple. But, once I did, I discovered that the outside looked beautiful, but the inside was rotten to the core. Man, I was bummed… I thought “deceptive advertising” and promptly threw it into the garbage.
That got me to thinking. So, much of this world is “deceptive advertising.” Drugs promise a beautiful experience but destroys lives. Alcohol entices with suave commercials but ends up wrecking families. Fame looks exciting but so often leaves the “star” alone and isolated. These are veneers… they have the appearance of something to be desired, but in the end they often leave behind tragedy as its legacy.
Not so with our Lord and Savior Jesus, the Christ. He who came live, died and rose again… gives eternal life to those who trust in Him. And He promised in:
Matthew 5: 3-12… Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
When we trust in Jesus for our eternities, our lives are forever changed and we will desire to please Jesus, and some of those changes that we see take place are here in Matthew 5, which are very good changes indeed. But, the beauty is that it doesn’t end with our life here on earth, for truly, our great reward awaits us in heaven, and I can trust that because Jesus is pure and trustworthy. No veneer with Him.