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. Matthew 23:25
Jesus was speaking against the Pharisees and the teachers of the Law. He calls them hypocrites and states that they may look clean on the outside, but inside are dirty with greed and self-indulgence.
When a person washes a cup, he will wash both the inside and the outside of the cup. If the only part being washed is the outside, no one would want to drink from that cup. It can be seen as dirty when they begin to fill it with liquid.
It is easy to make something look clean on the outside, while still being dirty on the inside. Many people have well manicured lawns, but inside the house looks like a pigsty and run down.
People’s lives can look very good on the outside. They are well-mannered, go to church all the time, give generously, and have a hard work ethic. They appear to be clean and good. Yet, on the inside be filthy. Some of those same people are filled with extreme pride in how they appear. Some may harbor hateful thoughts about others. Some be holding on to a grudge against someone else, refusing to forgive. Some may have some hidden sin in their life, such as pride, porn, gossip, alcohol, jealousy, drugs, or one of many other hidden sins.
Over the years there have been people who have appeared to be clean get exposed for great sins. Leaders have been caught embezzling or in a wrong relationship. Inside they were filthy dirty, while appearing to be clean on the outside.
Only you and God really knows what is inside your heart and mind. Just as you wash your body to keep clean on the outside, your inside heart and mind must be washed clean by God. Allow God to change your heart and mind to mirror what His heart and mind is like.
Do not live the life of a hypocrite, but be pure and clean both inside and outside. Seek God to show you where you are dirty inside and let Him clean you up.
It is not about you. It is about God and others. When you clean all the way through, you will make it about God and others.
I pray today that you will be the same inside and out for God; that you will allow God to clean your heart and mind; that you will live as a true believer in Jesus; and that your life will be like that of Jesus.