How careful we need to be. The ways of the kingdom of God are very different from the ways of the world. We must be careful!
When we look at the gospels, we see the Lord sometimes address the scribes and Pharisees. But before we go on and say, well, that was them, let us look carefully and make sure we are not doing the same thing.
Lets have a look at the following account and the associated notes beneath each section.
Matthew 23: 1 to 12
Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples,
2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
The people are to observe what the scribes and pharises tell them to observe, because of their position. Seating in Moses seat, is a place of authority which must be observed. The Lord however warned the people not to do after their works.
We are to do what we teach and preach. But l am not a Pastor? Do you have children you teach at home? Do you teach or lead in any capacity ? We must be good examples in word and deed in what we teach and preach.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
This is also the same application of the above. I remember many years ago, a brother called a fast for his fellowship, however he himself did not keep the fast. One day, a member of the fellowship dropped by to complain ; brother S, this fast is hard. The brother who called the fast encouraged the brother, "be strong" however he had just finished his own heavy lunch! The account speaks for itself!
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
We must always ask ourselves, why are we doing what we are doing? Are we raising funds so people can see how generous we are, or do we really have a heart for the poor?
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues,
Do we get offended when we are not given the front row seat? Do we get offended when we are not told to sit in the special guest section? If so, why?
7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Do you love titles? Can you operate without a title?
10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Do you make it clear, l am the boss here. Are you a servant? A servant serves others. A servant is a person who performs duties for others? Are we servants!
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.
I have heard accounts of some people in heaven who have lost their reward due to pride and various other reasons. We need to be careful!
Gods Ways are different and humility and pure motives is the way of the Kingdom. Lets operate and please the Lord in all we do!
"By Bisi Oladipupo"
17/12/2013 06:45:12 am
Thanks for sharing. It's always a good thing to examine our motives. It's not only what we do that's important to God but how or in what spirit we do what we do.
17/12/2013 06:49:46 am
Yes Pastor Frank, how careful we need to be. God bless
I was thinking about this very thing the other day. If we're not careful, it's so easy to get caught up with our religious traditions that we totally miss Jesus. As you mentioned, the Pharisees did that very same thing, so when the Messiah came, they didn't even recognize Him. I would say it's the same with Christmas these days. We go out spending all this money on expensive gifts, in the name of CHRISTmas, but totally miss the reason for celebrating this season.
18/12/2013 09:47:48 am
Yes Marilyn we do need to have greater standards. God bless!
17/12/2013 08:24:27 pm
I want to serve the Lord and be a servant to others! Bless you, Amy
18/12/2013 09:46:23 am
Yes Amy, this should be every Christians desire. God bless
21/12/2013 02:51:04 pm
So true, this post reminds of the Scripture that says something to this effect "the heart of men is deceitful and wicked". That is why we need to allow the Holy Spirit to search our motives b/c sometimes we don't even know why we do somethings, or we do them for self glory. May the Lord help us to reflect Christ in our lives. Thank you Sis. And Merry Christmas to you and the family!! :)
24/12/2013 01:29:00 pm
Yes Sister Shade, so true, God bless.
9/1/2014 12:46:22 pm
Thanks Karen for your words of wisdom.
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