Do As I Say . . .

Every morning in my email, I get a daily scripture verse sent to me and several others within our church family, from a friend and former home group member.  Today’s verse seemed apropos for some of the things I’ve been thinking about myself lately (and, unfortunately others as well).  Maybe it will hit home with you as well:

Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:19 ESV)
Some of those in the crowd were experts at telling others what to do, but they missed the central point of God’s laws themselves. Jesus made it clear, however, that obeying God’s law is more important than explaining it. It’s much easier to study God’s laws and tell others to obey them than to put them into practice.
How are you doing at obeying God yourself?

2 thoughts on “Do As I Say . . .”

  1. But that statement was said to people still under the Law. We are under grace and the Spirit, so it isn’t quite the same. Walking in the Spirit is still the most important thing, but it is a matter of freedom rather than rules. At least, that’s what I believe the NT teaches.

    1. That’s what I believe as well, Unkle. I believe that Jesus came and essentially turned the religious model on its head as it were. The faith and belief in Him crucified comes first, therefore settling the salvation issue; the realization of which then compels you to begin to ‘do the right thing’ . . . because its the right thing to do, not for any reward or salvation wrought from it. I guess what I was convicted on within this passage was in the hypocrisy of holding others to a higher standard than you yourself are willing to live to. This was the gist of the “Do As I Say . . . “(not as I do), in the title. I’ve seen too many Christians pulling this kind of judgmental attitude, especially lately; but then, when I think of myself and how I feel about ‘them’, I too have this same judgmental attitude. I realize I’m no better. Ouch!

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