dirty on the inside?
In my devotions today I read from Luke 11. Verses 39-41 says, “You Pharisees are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are still filthy–full of greed and wickedness! Fools! Didn’t God make the inside as well as the outside? So give to the needy what you greedily possess, and you will be clean all over.”
This is really only the beginning of Jesus’ rant about the Pharisees. In fact, he’s just getting started here. I’ve been discovering this year (see this post, or this one) that God is very concerned about justice and kindness toward the poor and needy. Here’s yet another example.
Jesus criticizes these religious leaders for acting holy on the outside, but really being dirty on the inside. His solution to this predicament is for them to “give to the needy.” These were people who had positions of honor and respect (verse 43) yet refused to use their position for the benefit of others. Instead, they looked out for themselves and their own interests. They were leaving undone the “more important things” (verse 42).
God’s given us position and has blessed us with the ability to be generous with what we have and who we are. Until we learn to let go and give these things to God, we’ll never be very different than the Pharisees: pretty on the outside, but corrupted on the inside.