Monday, November 26, 2012
Welcome to Day 330 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Matthew 23:3, “So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”
“Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees,
23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.”
37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and
you were not willing.”
Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”
Matthew 25:12, “He replied, ‘Truly I tell you,
I don’t know you.'”
Hypocrites. You were not willing. I don’t know you.
Blind guides, brood of snakes and vipers, greedy, self-indulgent, wicked… wow… (That’s the short list.) I could go on, but I think I’ll stop there. Point has been made…
Jesus had very few kind words for the Pharisees, Sadducees and teachers of the Law.
Included in his series of “woes” are these two statements.
1. “You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces” and, 2. “You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.”
Well, I’m encouraged this morning…
I always try to blog on what jumps out at me… that’s the idea, right? But today feels very heavy to me. This really saddens my heart…
How does this apply to me? Well, I just wonder what Jesus would say about me… how I treat people. How I teach… do I live it or just teach it. Am I a hypocrite? Would I be numbered with them, or am I different.
I sure hope so.
And I’m not looking for validation… I am pretty self-aware… I know my strengths and weaknesses better than anyone.
What I don’t know is what Jesus would say to me…
I guess I’ll find that out at some point, when I stand before him. (I am not in fear over this… just wondering.)
Lord, help me to not be one who shuts the door of the kingdom in people’s faces. I want to be a door opener!