“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.  Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.”
Jesus knew the hearts of these Pharisees and teachers of the law. Maybe these religious leaders were focused on the outside appearance, something they and others could see. But that outside appearance didn’t change what was in thier hearts and that is where the real issues lie.
With that in mind, here are three questions:
1.) How does a person get into this state where they focus only on the outward appearance?
2.) What does it take for God to get our attention and get us to focus on the inner life and our relationship with Jesus?
3.) How can we keep the inside and the outside of the cup of our heart clean, or is that Jesus’ job?