Ours is an inside out faith. For us, as Christians, it all starts on the inside. Now, what we “do” matters. Our lives matter. How we live, how we speak, what we do, where we go, all these things, they really do matter.
But, they have to start somewhere. For us, as Christians, and what Jesus wants for us today, is that is what is inside will show itself.
And here’s the thing. What is inside will show itself. It’s not that it may do it. It will do it. Our actions show what’s on the inside. Listen to what Jesus says today in Mark 7: 14-15 and 20-22:
And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.” . . . And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
But wait, then He lists a whole bunch of stuff that we shouldn’t do. And all over the Gospels, and the Bible, there are lists of things that we should do, and things that will leave us condemned.
So, what gives?
It starts on the inside. The faith that is inside, the faith that’s in our hearts, that faith that’s really down, within us, it will show itself with our actions. Our faith will be made known in what we do. How we will. Our actions. Our “works.”
Our actions and works don’t save us.
The simply show us (and the world) what’s already there.
It starts on the inside.
I put it this way, when Jesus has our hearts, He will have our actions. Ours is an inside out faith.
Today, may Jesus have all of us.
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