Suggested Reading: Matthew 23
Key Verse: Matthew 23:26
“Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”
Learn to see as God sees by learning to think as God thinks by making the Word of God a daily part of your thinking process. This is the eternal value of what we’re doing together in this blog. 3000 years ago the prophet wrote, “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). It’s true, we do look on the outward. Therefore, it’s important to groom our appearance so we will not hinder the shining forth of the inner beauty of Christ. Cleanse the inside in two ways: The washing of God’s Word (Eph 5:26) and by confessing our sins, “The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
PRAYER FOR TODAY: Dear Lord, thank You for washing me inside with Your Word which I’ve just read, and thank You for washing away my sin by Your precious blood. I believe Your promises. You cannot lie. Therefore, it’s done. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
A few blog entries ago, I mentioned a woman named May, who asked me to conduct her husband, Win’s, funeral, even though I was not a minister at the time. May had been born and raised in Northern Ontario. As a young man, Win was a railroad engineer who, on every trip, noticed a young girl beside the tracks waving at him. Eventually they met at the water tank (steam engine), and later Win and May married. May’s usual stance was hands on her hips and normally a cigarette was dangling from the corner of her mouth. She was probably 65 when I met her. It would’ve been easy to see May only from her outward appearance; but there was a deeper May. Win had built a second cottage beside the one they lived in, which May allowed me, a 20-year-old single man seeking to be in full time ministry, to live in. One day I asked her why she would not allow any ordained minister or priest to conduct Win’s funeral. She said, “I knew what you were doing out in that boat with Win besides fishing. He told me you prayed with him and he became a believer in Jesus and was not afraid to die anymore.” I had the great honour of leading May to Christ also. The inner beauty of Jesus was evident as she lived to serve others. Sorry, I’m well over 100 words!
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