Externals are just merely
The outer shell of same;
The distinguished features of a facade
With a fancy name.
Externals can inspire us
When enhancements can be made,
Since they beautify our world
With a creativity that remains.
But eventually we take for granted
All that’s in our midst,
And perhaps want bigger and better
With more desires on our list.
Externals can be pretty
And are pleasant to the eye,
But there’s a wall that can hide the truth
That is cleverly disguised.
Externals are skin deep
And sometimes shallow too,
Since the true intents and the real motives
Will conceal all that is true.
Externals can be polite
For the sake of keeping peace,
And although the smile may be intact
The eyes the truth will release.
It’s easy to love those
Who love us in return,
But Jesus instructs us to love our enemies
And His ways we need to learn.
The only satisfaction
Is the depth that’s in our soul,
Where joy, peace and love will flood
Our heart where beauty unfolds.
Externals will never satisfy
Since they’re temporary in nature,
They can never fill us nor fulfill us
Since they’re transient in stature.
Externals can be deceptive
And we will never ever know,
When the focus is to impress others
And our integrity we forego.
Externals can be carnal
And can be seductive indeed,
To trap the simple and the foolish
When with lies the heart it feeds.
The Pharisees focused on externals
But were white washed tombs within,
Placing heavy burdens on their followers
But were laden with various sins.
Externals can be hypocritical
When there’s an image to maintain,
Because the approval of man becomes paramount
But where substance does not remain.
To draw water from deep wells
This will nourish our famished soul,
And look beyond what the eye can see
To discover true treasures behold.
Jesus spoke in parables
And those who desired the truth,
Could understand the deeper message
And produced much godly fruit.
The depth and meaning of Jesus’ words
Transforms many lives indeed,
They have authority and are convincing
With the conviction we all need.
(C) P.B. 2020
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Matthew 23:27
“But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” Matthew 5:44
“To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘seeing they may not see and hearing they may not understand.'” Luke 8:10
“For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, and her mouth is smoother than oil. But in the end she is bitter as wormwood.” Proverbs 5:3-4
“Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptious sins.” Psalm 19:12-13