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 the bones of the dead and everything unclean. Matthew 23:27
Outward appearance is only skin deep. It is easy for a person to look like a very good person on the outside, but be completely different in character on the inside.
Inner, true motives for actions are very seldom revealed by many people. Actions can often be driven by self pride, jealousy, revenge or some other sinful reason, even though the action looks good.
Jesus harshly rebukes the Pharisees of being hypocritical. They looked good on the outside, but inside were full of sin.
Just as many in this world can be very ugly on the inner character, while looking good on the outside, many believers can be the same way. Some in the church can quote lots of scripture and teach very well, looking good on the outside, but their thoughts are on sin all the time. They can be jealous, greedy, lewd thoughts, inner anger and more things that cannot always be seen on the outside. They are whitewashed tombs.
When Jesus came, He came to heal the whole person, from the inside out. Believers are to be a new creation, that takes captive their thoughts for God’s glory.
The inner heart must match the outer actions. One must never let his thoughts run rampant with sin. Ugliness on the inside will always override and destroy beauty on the outside. If they not match inside and out, there is hypocrisy, doing one thing, but thinking another.
Either the believer is serving and following Jesus with his whole life, inside and out, or he is not.
Only you and God can know whether your actions and heart line up with God’s word or not. People can only see your actions, but those actions come from the overflow of your heart.
Allow God to work inside of you to change you from the inside out. Let God give you a clean, pure heart that truly follows Him.
Do not do one thing on the outside, while having an inner heart full of sin and deceit. If you do that, God will spit you out for not truly making Jesus your Lord.
Have your heart and actions matching each other. Don’t be a hypocrite.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to change your heart and thoughts; that God will make you a new creation; and that your thoughts and actions will honor God.