By Cheri Cowell -
Recently I met a friend for lunch and through our conversation she learned that I indeed wore a Southern Belle gown and big picture hat for my wedding. As proof, I pulled the picture from my purse. As she looked at the picture she said, “Funny, I didn’t picture you as the Southern Belle type.” To which I replied, “You’re right. I guess I was filling a role I thought I should play.”
Come to think of it, I have played many roles in my life that were not accurate reflections of my inner self. Jesus can see beneath the surface and calls us to be who we really are.
This Pharisee in the scripture below had invited Jesus into his home, but Jesus knew that the man’s heart (his motives) were not pure. To reveal truth to the man, Jesus speaks of the inside and outside of a cup. True giving comes from what is inside, He tells the man, implying that his invitation to Jesus to dine with him was not given from a pure heart. He was just playing a role; his true character was revealed.
Are you living in a role that does not accurately reflect your true character? Jesus is more interested in lives lived from the inside out, and gifts given from a pure heart.
PRAYER: Thank You, Lord for how You tenderly reveal Your inner self to me so that I might live a life that is clean from the inside out. Help me clean the cup from the inside so I may accurately reflect Your image to the outside.
“When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table. But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal. Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also? But now as for what is inside you—be generous to the poor, and everything will be clean for you” (Luke 11:37-41 NIV).