The Outside And Inside

It is tempting to want the condition of the outside to hide what the inside really looks like. When I was a child, I could clean my room up real quick by pushing all the toys and clothes under the bed. Tada- the outside looks clean, therefore I thought the room was clean. Hope Mom does not look under the bed.

Well, the room has gotten better, but now its to the car. The outside may look clean, but the inside…well, lets just say that I’m thankful for tinted windows. Some people don’t want me dropping by their houses uninvited. The lawn is nicely cut and clean, but maybe their inside is a little messy.

It is easy to think that a clean outside will give the impression that “everything is OK.” Do we carry that same belief over into our spiritual lives? Do we think that if we remove the outwardly visible sins that we can get away with the ones inside?

Look here at Galatians 5:19-21

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes,  dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit  the kingdom of God.

In this list, we see that God puts the outward sins alongside the inward sins. He finds no distinction. Therefore, we cant just pride ourselves in being clean on the outside when we may still have inward sins lurking around. What good is it to be free from outbursts of anger if we hold it in with strife and jealousy? So we have put away drunkenness, do we have impure thoughts? We no longer live immoral lives, but do we still envy others?

The point is, we cant allow the deception of letting the outward cover up what is really on the inside. God wants all of us, including the heart. Let us take time to ask God to reveal to us things we may have been hiding so we can seek after holiness.

More from Pastor Dustin Smith at http://www.timberlandbiblechurch.org/

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