Exodus 20:1-21:27 / Matthew 23:13-39 / Psalm 28:1-9 / Proverbs 7:1-5

Standout Verse:
Matthew 23:25-26“Woe to you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!  For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.  Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish that the outside of the cup and dish will be clean also.”

These verses pose a great challenge for us all to do a spiritual “self exam”.  Rather than reading about those “bad old Pharisees”, it may be worth it to stop and ask ourselves, “how is the inside of my cup looking?”Jesus taught that it was possible to have a clean “outside appearance”, yet be filled with self-indulgence and sin = empty religion.  This describes those who attend to all matter of spiritual activism and “churchianity”, dressed in their "Sunday best" while at the same time these same people have a virtually non-existent personal relationship with the Lord.  Their lives don’t look much different to those around them who aren’t Christians.Jesus teaches us that our “inside”, meaning our personal one-on-one relationship with the Lord, must be of primary importance to us.  When we commit to passionately pursue and grow in our walk with the Lord, coming before Him each day, giving the first fruits of our lives to Him, submitting to His Lordship, asking for His power, presence and leading as we commit to walk out our day with Him, the outside of our “cup” will be clean.  It is a spiritual principal and promise (much the same as Matthew 6:33 – “seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you”).Let’s be people whose primary interest lies with keeping the “first thing first” – our relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  When this is our number one pursuit, we can be assured that the other areas of our lives will come together in the proper order as the Lord changes our hearts and leads us in the things He created us for.