Our Lives Can Be Sinkholes

Did you see the picture of the massive sinkhole in southern Oregon?

I watched a CNN report about a huge sinkhole along Highway 101 near the California border in southern Oregon.

This was not your ordinary sinkhole. It was huge–and frightening! The most scary thing about it was where it occurred, along an eight lane highway with busy traffic. Feb.2-02

We’ve all heard about the Corvette Museum in Kentucky and the numerous sinkholes in Florida. This one seemed to be the worst of all.

The conventional wisdom about sinkholes is that as the water table drops the land above collapses as well, leaving a sinkhole.

Our lives can be sinkholes.

The problem arises in the same way. Without anything on the inside to support us, our lives slowly–or quickly–crumble away.

No one knew the sinkhole in Oregon was going to occur. If they had, they would have blocked traffic and established emergency measures. The problem was that the underpinnings had been slowly eroded until the whole area collapsed.

When our lives are not what they should be on the inside, we slowly decay until it’s too late.

Jesus told us that it’s what’s on the inside that counts. He chided the Pharisees because they cleaned the outside of the cup by their ritual but did nothing to change what was within them.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean” (Matthew 23:25-26).

Jesus gave the most excoriating warning in the following verse: “You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean” (Matthew 23:27).

Who we are in the core of our beings (the biblical meaning of the heart) determines who we really are and how we live.

Jesus came to change us on the inside in order that all else in our lives might be changed as well.