Have you ever felt as if you were being watched, and it caused you to act or talk in a certain way? A number of years ago an office that I managed had a recurring problem with items disappearing. This went on for a number of weeks and no culprit was found, so I had security cameras installed, and almost instantaneously the thefts stopped. The only problem was that the security cameras were not wired to anything, they were simply dummy cameras put into each hallway.
We all at times put on our best face when in public, but when nobody is watching, we do and say something completely different. The same goes with our Christian walk. Outwardly we do and say all the right things, but inside, we are sometimes totally different. Or to say it another way, we are clean on the outside but dirty on the inside. In addressing this hypocrisy, Jesus says this in Luke 11:39 – “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.”
We might be able to fool some people all the time, but nothing we do or say goes unnoticed by God. In Psalm 139, David says this – “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue, you Lord, know it completely (vv.2-4).”
In verse 7, David goes on to ask “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? He answers his own question by saying “you are there” to every place that he could possibly go.
So today we ask you – Are you asking Jesus to clean you up on the inside, or are you just putting on clean clothes over very dirty and grimy skin? Do you do one thing when there are no security cameras and something totally different when the tape is running? If you are not sure what needs cleaned up, make this your prayer –“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalm 139:23-24)
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