HOW CAN YOU LOOK GOOD IN GOD’S SIGHT?
Luke 11:37 As he spoke, a Pharisee invited Jesus to have a meal with him, so he went in and took his place at the table.
Luke 11:38 The Pharisee was astonished when he saw that Jesus did not first wash his hands before the meal.
Luke 11:39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.
Luke 11:40 You fools! Didn’t the one who made the outside make the inside as well?
Luke 11:41 But give from your heart to those in need, and then everything will be clean for you.
The Pharisees thought that ritual purity was what matters most to God. Jesus exposed that kind of thinking as hypocrisy, because God knows us inside and out. The best way to be pure in God’s sight is to seek his will. The best way to experience the sanitation that comes from sanctification is to redirect your life toward serving others, and using your resources for their benefit.
LORD, show us how to look good in your sight, by loving others the way you do.