Scripture:Matthew 23:25-26 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. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
Devotional: In today’s passage Jesus is pointing out greed and self-indulgence as areas where the Pharisees displayed hypocrisy. He uses the example of a cup and dish that have been cleaned on the outside, but are filthy inside. Not really much use for that is there?
The same is true for you and me when we are all clean and shiny on the outside, but don’t tend to our inner life. So let’s take some time today to deal with these two issues that Jesus mentions: greed and self-indulgence. Jesus is saying, “clean the inside of the cup and dish” and the best way to do that is through confession and repentance.
So take a minute today to examine yourself. Are there any ways that greed and self-indulgence have taken root in your life? In these days of having so much stripped from our lives, in what areas are you most struggling? Could these be areas where you are being self-indulgent, and how might you surrender that to God?
- Spend some time in prayer and reflection and ask God to clean you….from the inside out.