“From the Inside Out”
When we get ready to go somewhere, we usually clean up a little.
We may shower and put nicer clothes on.
We want to do what we can to look nice on the outside
I invite you to read the following verses
23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices — mint, dill, and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law — justice, mercy, and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
25 “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.
26 Blind Pharisee! First, clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.
28 In the same way, on the outside, you appear to people as righteous but on the inside, you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
Jesus continues to call the religious people of His time hypocrites.
On the outside, they might look and seem ok.
But there is the filth of the world inside.
Jesus gives us a revolutionary idea.
With the help of the Spirit we clean up the inside, then we will be clean.
Now I am not suggesting you go around all sloppy looking.
But real beauty comes from the inside out.
And often that spiritual beauty more than overcomes what we look like from the outside.
All of us that have ears, may we hear.