Read: Jonah 4
The account of Jonah is full of valuable lessons. After stubbornly refusing to obey God’s instruction, Jonah finally preached a revival message in Nineveh that would have made him one of the most successful missionaries of his time. When the people repented and turned from their evil ways, and when God relented from His anger against them, Jonah did not rejoice. Instead, he was angry that God was merciful. Although he was finally obeying God by doing the right thing in the right place, he was imperfect on the inside. His attitude was not right.
Like Jonah, if we are not careful, we can be spiritually “looking good” on the outside, but far from God on the inside. God is most interested in what we are like on the inside. His Word is “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit” (Heb. 4:12). With His Word, He performs divine surgery to remove the greed, dishonesty, hatred, pride, and selfishness that reside in the depths of our hearts.
So the next time when the Holy Spirit convicts you and reveals your bad attitude (Jonah 4:4), listen carefully. Surrender to God and let Him change you from the inside out. Let us be more concerned about our inside rather than the outside. If God controls you on the inside, you will be genuine on the outside.