Jesus taught in Matthew 23:25-26…
“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. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”
Christians today are not so much different than the Pharisees of yesterday. We are more concerned with what people see on the outside than what God sees on the inside. The inner life, which determines our motives and aspirations, demands our attention. It is easier to ignore the cry for inner cleansing as we frantically respond to the external expectations all around us. But once again, the bottom line is: “Who is your primary audience?” Are you playing for God, who looks at the inside or for people (even religious people), who are really only able to see externals?
The heart is not sanctified through ties, tithes, or church attendance. Cleansing simply must be from the inside out.