Dead or Alive?

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.”– Matthew 23:27

I noticed a tree today. Nothing amazing there, right?

But, I thought this tree was dead. It’s not very big, but it’s been dead for a couple of years and today I noticed from a distance it was covered in leaves.

As I got closer, I realized the tree was indeed dead, but there was a vine which had climbed up the tree and it was the vine which gave the appearance of the tree being alive.

Some people are like that tree – they look alive on the outside, but they are actually dead on the inside. The outward appearance may be fine, but…

We find examples in the Bible of people who were just like that. Solomon, David, Saul, and others all at one time or another looked good from the outside – but inside they were slowly rotting away.

Maybe you’ve been there. You keep up outward appearances, but the life inside is slowly dwindling away.  We are warned to guard our hearts for it is the source of life and gives us direction.

Let us commit our lives to God, the only one who can bring life to the dead.

Jesus warned the Pharisees of this. They were very religious on the outside, but on the inside there was no relationship with God – they were just going through the motions.   


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