From The Inside-Out
Aug 7, 2020 676
Jesus wants to change you – from the inside-out.
I’ve travelled a fair bit, and there’s large parts of the world that have a custom I’m not really comfortable with. It’s the custom of leaving your shoes at the door so you don’t bring dirt from the street inside the house. It’s required across Asia, Middle-Eastern Countries, Eastern Europe, and all the Nordic countries.
Of course, I agree that it’s a good idea to keep your house clean. It’s just that when I take my shoes off, I typically get horrific hay fever!
Inside-Out or Stupid? Jesus Words, Not Mine
Jesus taught that it’s not what comes into your life that contaminates you. He actually called this kind of thinking stupid. Jesus said that it’s what comes out of our own hearts that the problem:
Jesus said, “Are you being willfully stupid? Don’t you see that what you swallow can’t contaminate you? It doesn’t enter your heart but your stomach, works its way through the intestines, and is finally flushed.” (That took care of dietary quibbling; Jesus was saying that all foods are fit to eat.)
He went on: “It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness—all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution.” (Mark 7:18-20 MSG)
And if you think about it, you’ll realise that Jesus was right. It’s your thinking that determines your behaviour. Change your thoughts and you’ll change your life. Remember: Jesus wants to change you from the inside-out.