Clean The Inside

37 While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked Him to dine with Him, so He went in and reclined at table. 38 The Pharisee was astonished to see that He did not first wash before dinner. 39 And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. 40 You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also? 41 But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.” ~ Luke 11:37-41

The majority of us have two versions of ourselves. The version that others see and the version that’s alone. More times than not, instead of cleaning out the filth inside of our hearts, we create a persona that seems like we have it all together. We clean the outside before others, but so often, we don’t clean out our inside. This was Jesus’ problem with the Pharisees.

They looked really religious. They could quote, discuss, and debate the Scriptures, but when it came down to the condition of their hearts, there was no evidence that they had ever read the Scriptures. It’s good to read the Word of God. In fact, we all need to read the Bible daily, but not surface-level reading. Not reading just for reading’s sake. We should be meditating on the Word of God so that it’s no longer just words in a book we read but the living Word of God that changes us.

When our heart begins to change, the rest of our body will follow suit. The mouth speaks from the abundance of the heart. The body acts from the thoughts of the heart. Everything that we are is rooted in our heart. Don’t let the role we play in public even deceive us. Unless we change from the inside out, there is no actual change.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Clean The Inside.

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