My neighbor has a tree that in fall turns into brilliant colors. It is a young tree planted not long ago. But during the wind storm on Saturday a portion of it cracked and fell to the ground.
As we looked at it together, the cause was obvious: dry rot. Somehow disease had gotten in so that in the high winds it simply cracked open and fell. The outside was lovely, but inside it was dead or dying.
Jesus talked about the religious leaders of his day the same way: polishing the cup on the outside, but inside they were full of death or dying. They had dry rot, too. In times of “high winds” in our lives, what is inside of us tends to get exposed. Crisis reveals character, or lack of it. Be more concerned about what is inside you then impressing your brilliant colors on others. Do not let dry rot happen to you!