As the season changes, my Facebook feed is filling up with pictures, some funny, some not so funny, referencing the “need” to get rid of the extra winter pounds that we may have put on. I am guilty….again! But while most of us take great care and concern for the outside image, do we portray how well are we taking care of the inside?
Matthew 23:26-28 talks about when the Pharisees were more concerned with the outside than the inside. “You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” We desire to fit in our summer clothes, we strive to do our spring cleaning, but how seriously do we take the sin that comfortably resides in us?
It is hard work to clean the outside but so much harder to get the inside ship-shape!
Take a quiet moment today to deep clean the inside. Take in the Word of God and let it deep clean the areas that have been neglected, perhaps for far too long. Sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to what He will tell you needs to be removed. Allow Him to wipe everything clean. While this may seem overwhelming, as most cleaning projects are, He is faithful. 1 John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Any cleaning project makes us feel good. It’s a great accomplishment to drop a few pounds, clean a closet or wash some windows. How much better will it be for you and me if we are washed on the inside?
Kathy Withers is on staff at America’s Keswick and serves as Director of Partner Care. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 30 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local church and teaches a Bible study for women. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God’s Word.