Monday, March 30, 2015

Substance or Show?

A man with two sons told the older boy, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son answered, ‘No, I won’t go,’ but later he changed his mind and went anyway. Then the father told the other son, ‘You go,’ and he said, ‘Yes, sir, I will.’ But he didn’t go.
“Which of the two obeyed his father?”  Matthew 21:28-31 (NLT)

Jesus’ most harsh final lessons were directed at those who claim to be religious role models.  Do you fall into that category?  I believe I do.

Every believer’s behavior represents Christianity, but those in leadership positions are judged more strictly because they must set an example (James 3:1).  In today’s parable, Jesus values integrity and obedience but has more to say…

Jesus slams the religious leaders for their hypocrisy, their religious practice without substance, their prideful show, and the harm they do to their followers. It isn’t pretty:
·        They don’t love and serve God; they love their status.
·        They emphasize the minutiae of the law but ignore values like justice and mercy.
·        They present an appearance of self-restraint, but are actually greedy and self-indulgent.
·        And ironically, they claim to be open to correction - never would they persecute or murder a true prophet for unpleasant prophetic messages.

Hypocrisy is worse than unbelief. God knows your heart.

As a believer, teacher and writer, I pay close attention to Jesus’ message. I’m no saint and don’t have all the answers. I need Jesus. I desire to love and serve Him better each day and humbly lead others in His direction.

These Holy Week articles would be perfect to repost on Facebook or Twitter or to forward through email.  Scatter seeds as the world recognizes Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter.

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1 comment:

  1. As one who has been a hypocrite this convicted me. I am praying that God would continue to show me where I am being wishy washy.