Be genuine in your walk with Christ. It is too easy to just maintain appearances. The Pharisees were a group of Jewish men who were considered the spiritual examples of Jesus’ day. Their problem was that they didn’t walk the talk. They looked like the kept the law but there was no love in their hearts and in secret, they were morally corrupt. Jesus tells us to be genuine. Let our outwards appearance reflect what God is doing in your heart.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.”
The image we portray is often a facade to cover reality. We clean up the outside of our lives to distract from the mess on the inside. Paul calls us in 1 Corinthians 11 to be genuine believers. That means that who we are on the inside is who people see on the outside. The truth is that we are messy people saved by Jesus Christ. We are all sinners who have been saved by His grace. He doesn’t expect us to clean ourselves up before we believe in him (we can’t) and he doesn’t expect us to act like we have it all together while we serve and follow him. People are to see the continuous work in our lives through our messed up state.
The Pharisee’s loved to show everyone how they had everything together. Jesus saw through it all and called them whitewashed tombs. True beauty comes from the inside where a humble and servant heart resides. Are you covering up some hidden sin? Fearful that others might expose you for who you are?Come clean to God and repent. Make things right and He will restore you. Accept the fact that you are messed up but God is working on you. Don’t flaunt your flaws but don’t cover them up either.