1 Corinthians 2
July 8, 2014
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July 9, 2014
1 Corinthians 2
July 8, 2014
1 Corinthians 3
July 9, 2014

Is Your Glass Clean?

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Matthew 23:27
27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like unto white sepulchers, which indeed
appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

I came across an interesting thought in something I read not too long ago, and I’m sure we can all identify with the illustration. First, picture some dirty glasses in need of cleaning. I’m sure you’ve had to wash either glasses by hand at some point and made sure that anything left inside the cup was thoroughly cleaned and rinsed away, right? And as you think back on that time, when you cleaned the inside, the outside of the cup was cleaned as well, wasn’t it?

Well, picture the worst and dirtiest glasses. Maybe they’ve sat way too long without being washed. Maybe mold is even growing in some areas or stains from tea or coffee are visible. Now, if you only clean the outside of the glass, will the inside be clean? No. You have to clean the inside; but as you do, the outside becomes clean in the process.

We can learn an important lesson from dirty glasses. Our lives are represented by the dirty glasses we’ve described. If, in the process of our spiritual walk, if we only try to clean the outside of our lives—our behavior—but don’t change the inside—our hearts—we’ll only be partially clean.

The Pharisees showed this aspect in their lives. How they lived and what they did and said was for others to take note of their outward behavior, but Jesus said outside they were white-washed sepulchers. The outward behavior hadn’t changed their hearts. They only appeared to be righteous, but in reality they had deceived themselves into thinking they could just clean the outside without changing their hearts, without any inward transformation. They looked good on the outside, but didn’t have the truth of God on the inside. They were righteous in their own righteousness, not in God’s.

Don’t concentrating so much on the outside that involves following more rules and regulations—the do’s and don’ts—that you fail to focus on the finished work of Jesus and what He has already provided for you. Walk in that truth and He’ll transform you from within through His love and grace.