Matthew 23:26 Clean The Inside First

Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean. Matthew 23:26

Cleaning dishes is something that is needed to be done on a daily basis. In order for a cup to be clean, one must wash both the inside and the outside of the cup. No one would want to drink out of a cup that is clean on the outside, but dirty on the inside.

The focus of cleaning must start with the inside and then move to the outside.

Jesus was pointing out the wrongs in the Pharisees. On the outside they appeared good and clean, but were full of greed and self-indulgence inside. Jesus said the inside of the cup has to be cleaned first, then the outside will be cleaned.

There are many people who go to church looking good. As they go to church they look nice. They carry a bible, dress up nice, quote some scriptures and can sing all the songs in the service. On the outside they appear to be good Christians.

Inside, their hearts shows a different picture. They are full of greed, they are all about themselves and show and are very rude to others.

The problem with this appearance is that man cannot tell just by looking at them how corrupt they are on the inside. The outside is clean, but the inside if filthy dirty.

Believers who truly want to be like Jesus, will first work on cleaning up their inside. Once the inside is cleaned up, the outside will automatically follow. Everything starts with the heart and flows out from there.

Jesus later says that many will call Him, Lord, but will be rejected. This is because their hearts were not changed, but only the outward appearance. God sees the heart.

As you examine your life, you must ask yourself if what a person sees on the outside, while you are in church, matches what is really in your heart.

Allow God to change you from the inside out. Your heart has to be cleaned up first. This is done by both the Holy Spirit and your choices. Choose to be like Jesus in your heart first, so that the outside will match the inside.

Be a believer and follower of Jesus, both in your heart and in your actions starting with your heart.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow the Holy Spirit to clean up your heart; that you will love God with all of your heart; that your actions of following Jesus will come from your heart; and that you will be clean for God on both the inside and the outside.

Revelation 3:4 Are Your Clothes Dirty?

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. Revelation 3:4

Everyone expects clothing that is put on to be clean and presentable. Once the clothing gets soiled, they are expected to get cleaned before using again.

In many businesses, the workers are expected to dress in business attire that is clean. They work in an environment that does not usually get a person’s clothing dirty. If their clothing gets soiled, they have to change their clothing or else they are in danger of losing their position.

John tells the church of Sardis that some have not soiled their clothing because of their deeds done. Those people will walk with God, dressed in white because they are worthy.

God expects people to do various types of work for His kingdom. All of these works focus on building up His kingdom. When a person is doing what God has called him to do, he will not get his clothing dirty with the things of the world.

This fallen world is full of sin and sinful activities. The world strives hard to get the believer to follow their ways and get his clothing dirty with sin.

In every situation, God has provided a way out of stepping into sin and getting soiled. Sadly many believers are like little children in that they love to get into the mud and cover themselves with it. They want to look just like the world, covered in sin. Instead of resisting temptation, they walk into it soiling their souls.

The believer who chooses to follow God, will run away from the mud of sin. He will keep himself clean by resisting temptation and clothing himself with the righteousness that Jesus provides. At that point, he will be worthy of God.

As a believer you must be willing to look at yourself and see if you have soiled your clothing with sin. When Jesus had forgiven you, He gave you a robe of pure white righteousness.

Do not allow yourself to walk in the ways of the world and get those clothes dirty with sin. Keep yourself pure and holy before God, so that you will be considered worthy before God.

Be alive and victorious in Jesus, remaining in clean clothing, not sin-soiled clothing.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness of sin Jesus offers; that you will keep your soul clean of sinful activities; that you will follow God with all of your heart; and that your deeds will honor God.

Isaiah 11:5 Holding Clothes Up

Belt on waist

Righteousness will be his belt and faithfulness the sash around his waist. Isaiah 11:5 

In order to keep from being exposed, one must wear some clothes. While the shirt will hold itself on correctly, pants often need something to hold them up. A belt of some sort is put on around the waist to hold the pants up.

While most people will wear clothes that will hold up and block exposure, there are some who do not appear to care. They will refuse to wear clothing that will keep them from being exposed. Some will be embarrassed by the exposure, while others will thrive in exposure.

Isaiah is writing about Jesus and that He will have righteousness and faithfulness tied around His waist to hold His clothing on.

The two things that are keeping Jesus from bad exposure are righteousness and faithfulness. Righteousness is doing the right thing every time. It is choosing to live for God, despite the cost. Faithfulness is being able to be relied up to do what is right every time.

Doing these two things keeps a person from being exposed to shameful sin in his life.

It is often heard of some believer being caught in shameful sins. These are not just a simple accidental sins, but sinful lifestyles. This occurs because he is not clothed with righteousness and faithfulness.

The believer cannot cloth himself correctly in his own, he needs help. Jesus has provided the righteousness that every believer needs. Accepting His forgiveness and holiness into one’s life is clothing oneself correctly.

Every believer is also supposed to be living as Jesus lived–in holiness, righteousness and faithfulness. When Jesus left, He sent back His Holy Spirit to give every believer the needed strength and clothing. This is what gives the believer the ability to be His witness to the world.

Take a moment to look at your life. Are people able to see a sinful person who is not really living for God? Or are they seeing Christ in you?

Clothe yourself with His righteousness and then live that life of righteousness. He has given all that you need to live for Him.

Since you have faith in Jesus to save you, live a faithful life to Him. Live in a way that God can trust you with the riches He has available for you.

As you live, properly clothed, you will not have to fear being exposed in the wrong way, but can be His true witness to this dark world.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will put on His righteousness; that you will be faithful like Jesus is; that God will help you turn from all sin to live for Him; and that you will be His witness to this world.