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Here is the Daily Dose for Monday, April 15, 2019.
12 And Jesus entered the temple and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it a den of robbers.” Matthew 12:12-13
Something Has To Change on The Inside
On the Monday of the original Holy Week, Jesus attends a worship service at the temple and it was one that nobody there would ever forget. Upon entering the temple Jesus does not pray, He does not sing, He does not open a scroll and teach, instead he according to one account braids a whip, starts turning over tables and driving people out of the temple. This is not what we would expect from Jesus. We would expect Him to be loving and kind, not causing a huge ruckus and driving people out. Yet, that is exactly what Jesus does.
Jesus understood that for the temple to be what it needed to be, something would have to radically change on the inside of the temple. He knew that some things would have to be turned over, other things would have to be driven out and a new way of being would have to come into existence. Jesus knew that for a radical shift to happen in the temple, slight exterior modifications would not do. It would not be enough to work around the edges or to make incremental changes, but that for the temple to be what it must be, it would have to be changed from the inside out.
Friends as we enter into this Holy Week, perhaps it is time for something to change on the inside with you. You have tried to make exterior modifications; new clothes, new shoes, better diet working out, but that has still left you wanting for more. The truth is, the real changes that take us towards happiness, purpose, and fulfillment are never external they are always internal. They are always changes of the heart. They are the changes that nobody will see you making but everyone will know when they have been made. So let me encourage you to take a look inside and make some changes. Flip over some things that are not working. Drive out some things that are not doing you any good. Then turn your heart towards prayer and see how different things can be from the inside out.