“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”
— Matthew 23:27-28
A pastor and his wife received a generous $200 gift card to a very nice restaurant in town. So as soon as they could, they found a free evening, got dressed up, washed the car, and headed out on their date.
They sat down at their nice candlelit table and enjoyed an incredible meal. When the bill came, the pastor looked at his wife and said, “Honey, why don’t you give me the gift card so I can pay?”
“I don’t have it,” said his wife. “I thought you had it”
They had left the gift card at home. They looked rich, acted rich, and even smelled rich. But without the gift card in their hands, none of that mattered. The only thing that mattered that evening was being able to pay for their meal.
A lot of people are good at playing the part of a Christian. But they miss what’s most important. They look holy, act holy, and even smell holy. But without a relationship with Jesus Christ, none of that matters. The relationship validates everything else.
Don’t be content with just looking like a Christian. Keep your relationship with Christ first and foremost in your life!
Pray that God would help you keep your relationship with Him your number one priority in life.
Questions for Thought:
Think of a time when looking spiritual was more important to you than your relationship with Jesus. Why was that?
How can you keep your relationship with Jesus your first priority?