Cantaloupe or Cucumbers
The garden was lush, and the big, perfectly round cantaloupe were beautiful. Having recently retired, this was my father-in-law’s first garden, and it was his pride. The first cantaloupe of the season was sliced and ready for our cook-out. As the first bites of cantaloupe were taken, faces puckered and kids began spitting. The cantaloupe didn’t taste right. Those big, beautiful cantaloupes tasted like cucumbers! We learned later that cross-pollination by bees was to blame. On the outside, they were cantaloupes; on the inside, they were cucumbers.
When Jesus faced the scribes and Pharisees, he faced people who appeared holy and pure from the way they talked, but were anything but that (Matt. 23:27-28). He knew their hearts. Jesus said that while they appeared as beautiful as grave monuments, their hearts were full of filth. The scribes and Pharisees weren’t real.
Do we make it look like everything’s okay with our walk with the Lord when it’s really not? Do we profess our faith but not live it? Do we talk about Him, but forget about talking to Him? You know the answer, and for sure, Jesus does too.
If your life really isn’t what it seems, it can be right now. With His help, you can be sure that you are who you say you are. Take a minute to talk to Him. He’s ready to listen.