Tuesday: 16th October, 2018

Reference text: Luke 11:37-41

Luke 11:39 And the Lord said unto him, Now you Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.

There is this idiom that ‘appearances can be deceptive’ hence, there is often reason to believe that there is seemingly more to a person than what they wear on their faces or show to the world. It therefore does not surprise me that recently on a news blog I follow, body language experts are regularly solicited to throw more light on what the external actions of specific people say about their internal state: their mindset and their emotions.

In speaking to the Pharisees today, Jesus appears to rebuke them, and rightly so because they had developed a taste for external extravagance, at the expense of actual transformation on the inside. Their preoccupation was with what people would see them doing and what they would say about them.

One thing we ought to bear in mind is that: however perfectly sealed, well polished or packaged a can may be, when opened, it will produce nothing but a bad odour if its contents have gone bad. Regardless of how ‘beautiful’ a person appears on the outside, they can only go on to show off what they have on the inside.

Sweetheart, we may think that what is outside can cover up for what is within, but it is the reverse that holds true. Every renewal and every transformation when undertaken from the outside-in, is shortlived. The secret to real renewal is that which is done from the inside out. ‘Be ye transformed by the renewal of your mind’ because once the inside is taken care of, the outside will follow.

Remember # real change is from the inside-out.


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