Cracks in the Heart
February 26, 2018
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup, so that the outside also may become clean."
Vss. 25-26 (NRSV)
Reading: Matthew 23:1-32
Reflection by Kyle Pyron
The soil in my yard is primarily clay. As long as we get rain, everything is okay and I have a nice green yard. However, when the ground dries, the grass dies, and deep cracks begin to form in the ground. After a time, weeds begin to sprout from these cracks. The same principle applies to our spiritual development.
Our hearts remain "green and fresh" as long as they are receiving "water" from time spent with God in study and prayer. When we neglect this time, our hearts harden and cracks begin to form, which allows weeds to grow. When we forget to spend time with God, it is easy to replace His purpose for our life with our own purposes. This affects our witness because it is so easy to forget to practice what we preach.
Jesus says, "You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may become clean" (v. 26). Jesus' words to the Pharisee reminds us that words AND actions matter in our life. Just as the seed of grass needs soil AND water to sprout, the seed of Christianity needs words and action to sprout.
Prayer: Lord, too often I neglect my heart. Show me the cracks in my heart and continue Your sanctifying work in me. Amen.
Action Point: Read v. 26 again. If the exterior of the cup is the you presented to the public, and the interior is the you presented in private, what does Jesus want to show you about the difference between the two?