The LORD says: Don't brag about your wisdom or strength or wealth. If you feel you must brag, then have enough sense to brag about worshiping me, the LORD. What I like best is showing kindness, justice, and mercy to everyone on earth. Someday I will punish the nations of Egypt, Edom, Ammon, and Moab, and the tribes of the desert. The men of these nations are circumcised, but they don't worship me. And it's the same with you people of Judah. Your bodies are circumcised, but your hearts are unchanged.
Jeremiah 9: 23 - 26
What you are on the outside and what you are in your heart may be totally opposite! These verses in Jeremiah clearly say that the people of Judah looked like followers of the Lord on the outside, but on the inside they were still people of the world around them!
It is better to look like you belong to the world, but inside your heart is changed, than to look like you are a follower of Jesus and have a heart that is still committed to the world! There is no value in being an unredeemed person who looks like a disciple of Christ!
Let Jesus change your heart first and the way you look to others will change as well! Real conversion always starts on the inside!
“Lord Jesus, help me to always have a heart that is totally turned to you. And may You Jesus be praised forever. Amen.”