Title: WHAT’S IN THE PACKAGE?
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessnessMatthew 23:25-28
Our Lord Jesus, full of love and mercy, came down and walked the face of this Earth seeking and saving every lost soul He could find. But our Lord had this group He just was at odds with, so much that when He blessed others, He cursed them instead. These were the religious leaders of His day, the Pharisees and Sadducees.
One unique trait that made Jesus to never tolerate them was their hypocrisy. They had the perfect appearance and activity but the worst of hearts and motives. And as much as God rejoices over and desires people who are given over to His pleasure to do them, He wants it done inside-out not the other way round. Many folks think, it’s what you do that counts, but no, it’s not. It’s the source God looks at, the heart, the intentions and the motive. You see, these things are very important.
We are in a day and age that’s very dangerous to be a passive Christian. It’s a time when even the very strong are hard-pressed on every side and the weak are broken. It is not the time to play around religious fanaticism nor live a life in a circle of ups and downs. That’s why the believer’s most important daily task even before the work of sharing the Gospel is to keep up in the work of heart-positioning and maintenance.
Our lives can reflect the place of our hearts. You see, out of it are the issues of our lives, our experiences (Prov. 4:23). What’s in your heart? You see, changing the packaging doesn’t change the content. Changing the name doesn’t also change what’s inside. Changing the location/position doesn’t also change what’s in it as well as changing the colour or washing it. Although these can be good in their own place, yet they aren’t the most important.
We all come to God raw as we are. But as the Master Refiner that He is, He purges and purifies us until we come out as finished gold, vessels unto honor. The Bible says having our insides pure and reflective of God’s work in us (evidence of righteousness) is possible. How, through purging ourselves – 1Tim. 2:21.
You can ask the Lord today to purge you beyond the outside and into the core of the heart. To expose the unacceptable in you and make you His evidence worth showing forth to the world.
Beloved, this is a process. You’ll have to commit yourself to it. But as you do, you’ll discover positive and significant changes showing forth in your life. Your purity/beauty in the inside will begin to manifest itself via your effective actions daily.
Don’t be a package of skeletons, rather one of purity, glory and praise to God.