25”Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” (Matthew 23:25-26)
Here, again, we see Jesus referencing the heart. Much like He advised earlier in Matthew, it’s not what goes in a man that defiles him but what comes out. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees were great at presenting an outwardly appearance of righteousness, but they had wicked hearts that sought self-righteousness. It’s the start of the last week in January, how dirty is the inside of your cup?
God knows your heart. If your heart is not ready to accept Jesus with an open invitation, this is the year to do it. Clean yourself from the inside out. Remove all the worldly distractions, part ways with any fleshly desires and sins; prepare your heart for Godly affairs.
If you are ready, and have never been baptized, this would be a great week to reach out to your church and let the pastor know you are ready to be physically dunked under water to allow a spiritual cleansing to wash you clean.
Reading plan: Matthew Chapter 25
Deeper reading plan: Leviticus 5-7
Prayer and meditation: continue to pray for your request from day 1 and ask God to put your heart and soul through a solid wash.
Fitness challenge: Week five of our 7×14 challenge. Last week we slowed it down, this week let’s speed things up a bit. On the push-ups, slowly lower yourself, then explode to the top. Do the same for squats and lunges. Sit-ups, slowly lower your back and shoulders to the ground and explode up to complete the rep.
1. Standard push-up 2. Sit-up or crunches
3. Air squats 4. Hand-release push-up
5. Leg lifts 6. Lunges (7-each leg)
7. 4-count flutter kick