Main Dish | Devotion #2: Cups
Mark O’Connor | Student Director

Dishwashers are great. It is nice just to put a dish or cup in the machine and walk away and not think of it. You go back, take it out, and put it in the cupboard. When you are thirsty, just grab a cup and repeat. Sometimes though, you go get that cup, fill it with some nice cool water, and go to take a drink; however, you are dismayed to find the cup full of nasty floating grossness. It looked so clean on the outside. However, you look on the inside, and it is full of crumbs and crusties.

Somebody clearly did not rinse it out and look on the inside before putting it in the dishwasher. That is a thing that needs to happen. The dishwasher is not going to clean everything itself; it needs some help. You need to clean the inside of the glass too. It may look good on the outside, but unless all the grime is out of the inside, it cannot be used for which it was made.

You need some help; you cannot do it yourself. By the way, I am not referring to the inside of the glass anymore, and I want to focus on the inside of you. Matthew 23:25-28 says, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.” Jesus spent quite a bit of time speaking to the religious hypocrisy of the day.

As parents, your kids are going to watch for hypocrisy in your life. You can only be fake for so long. If you are not working on holiness and cleanliness in the parts of your life that no one sees, it is just a matter of time before it is shown to the world and our families are usually the first to see and experience it. That is when disaster strikes. That is when families become fractured and even broken. Make sure you are not so focused on making sure everything looks good, that you forget actually to make it good. Work now, it is never too late to start letting God work on cleaning out the mess you have made of your life. However, while it is never too late for our salvation and growth, sometimes the breaks and bruises take far longer to heal if not addressed in a timely manner.

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