“What’s on the Inside Counts”

“What’s on the Inside Counts”





for a good watermelon is difficult because no matter how good it looks on the

outside, it’s hard to tell what it’s really like on the inside.  We can tap it, thump it, and squeeze it, only

to take it home and discover that the inside is not edible.

     In Mark

7, we see Jesus’ disciples didn’t wash their hands before eating.  The Pharisees became extremely irritated

because it violated one of their man-made traditions.  Jesus immediately challenged them by

saying:  “You have a fine way of

rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!”

(v. 9 ESV)

He went so far as to call them

“hypocrites” (v. 6) and explained that what comes from the inside

of an individual is what “defiles” him, not the other way around.

(Mark 7:14 – 23).

     If we’re

not careful, we can become so absorbed with looking good on the outside, that

we forget what really counts.  In fact,

when we get to the place where we think “we’ve arrived,” we may

become proud of ourselves and judgmental toward others.  Harboring bitterness, clinging to critical

attitudes, and thinking too highly of ourselves are the kind of defiling things

that make us guilty of Jesus’ charge of being a “hypocrite.”


point is this:  It’s the things on the

inside of our heart – our thoughts and attitudes that really matter to

the Lord.