“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” (Matthew 23:25-26)
I have been busy washing the siding on our house. It has been several years since I last did this, and there is some algae growth on it. Many times we are all about keeping the outside clean. What about what happens on the inside? Our Lord often challenged the Scribes and Pharisees who were all about appearances concerning their keeping the inside clean as well as the outside clean.
As children of God, we need to keep close to our Lord Jesus so that instead of others seeing us and how wonderful we look on the outside, most of us try anyway to be clean and presentable, we should also pay attention to the heart so that when others look at us they see the Lord Jesus Christ shining through our good works toward others as we serve Him.
“And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” (Luke 18:9-14)
Instead of promoting our greatness as the Publican who prayed about how great he thought he was, we should rather be humbled and clean before the Lord so that we can shine for His glory. What is important to Christ should be important to us! He wants us to be more than presentable on the outside. We need also to be clean from the inside out. If we are rightly related to our Lord, He will be seen in us as we show forth His righteousness instead of trying to impress others by how great we look on the outside or what great accomplishments we have. Our houses (vessels where we live) need to be clean on the inside as well the outside.