Matthew 23:25 Clean Outside, But Dirty Inside

Dirty Cup Inside

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. 

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Matthew 15:8-9 Honoring God In Word Only

Lip Service Only

“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'” Matthew 15:8-9

Some Pharisees and teachers of the law complained to Jesus about the disciples not washing their hands. Jesus called them hypocrites and then quoted Isaiah. He pointed out that the people only honored Him with their lips and not with their heart. They only come up with human rules to worship God.

Going to church and singing a worship song is an easy thing to do. Claiming to believe in Jesus is also an easy thing for a person to do. Doing these things can appear on the outside to be honoring God. It can appear the person is a good Christian follower of Jesus.

The reality of it is that doing these things are only outward things and may not always be a part of the heart. For some people, they go to church only because they are forced to (such as children), it is the thing to do (because parents brought them up to do it), or to look good to others. Some have been brought up in a church and so they do not want to leave the church and look bad, but they really don’t want to be there either.

People will come up with all kinds of rules about being a Christian, just to look good. However their heart is not really in it. They mouth the words of worship songs, rather than sing them from the heart. They are quick to point out faults in others, but are slow to compassion and mercy. This is missing who Jesus really is and what He was about.

Living like this is honoring God only with the lips and words. The heart is not a part of it. God is seeking to have your heart, not just your words.

As you say and do things each day, you need to ensure that it measures up to what Jesus said and did. Jesus said and did everything from the heart. His heart was to please His Father–God, not just to look good on this earth.

Everything said and done must honor God from the heart, not just the outward actions. Don’t just go through the routine of looking like a believer in Jesus. Be a believer and follower of Jesus from the heart. Keep your heart close to Jesus.

I pray today that you will focus your heart on Jesus; that you will worship God with all of your heart and life; that you will honor God from your heart; and that you will live true to God in all you say and do.