Artificial projection is when you hide your flaws, and display a contrary message. It can be a form of defense in which unwanted feelings are displaced onto another person. Anyone can fake the outward but you can’t fake what you are inside!
For example: when you wash dishes and cups, which part of the cup needs the most cleaning? Which part requires your attention and concentration? Is it the inside or the outside? I hope we all agree that the inside of the cup is the one that gets dirty. It is the inside that needs the cleaning. But this doesn’t mean you don’t wash the outside; of course you do.
Many times, as we journey life, our heart (inner soul) needs cleaning. Just like the cup, our heart is not clean unless we address the issue that is inside! Our hearts needs to be clean from all sorts of unclean thoughts, motives, and actions…then the outside will reflect the inside.
I think it is safe to say, in this modern world “image” has a bigger place than life itself. We are bombarded every single day by the media, magazines, retail stores, internet…you name it, on how to look, what to eat, how to dress.
The cosmetics industry encourages you to “shell out” all you have, and that there’s a product that claims to hide every blemish, every spot and every imperfection, so that your exterior will appear flawless! As women, we seem to constantly search out products that can make us more ‘sexy and attractive.’ Now, more that ever, teens and young adults are purchasing enormous amounts of products to cover what seemingly are their imperfections!
Those in the kingdom seem to have the same worldly mind-set. We try to cover up our imperfections, blemishes and imperfections, as if God is some ‘unknown God’, who is not aware of all our imperfections!
Jesus said it this way:
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but
within they are full of extortion (greed) and excess (self-indulgence)!” Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” The hypocritical Pharisees were focused on making a good show in the flesh.
Our call as God’s children is based on becoming like Christ! This character development is a process! Life is not about you, it is about God! When the heart is right, there will be love for God evidenced by authenticity!
So when you go to throw a lot of money into trying to beautify the outer self, remember: that it is not what is on the outside that matters, but what is on the inside! So, be smart, deal with your inside! For in doing this…you will have true life!
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.