Monday, January 15 – Matthew 15:1-2

Jan 14, 2024

Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”

 

All of us fall into comparison with others at some point. It is natural to look around and see how we measure up in each setting. When the Pharisees approached Jesus, they were not coming from a place of genuine interest in His way but rather a place of judgment and comparison, asserting that the disciples did not measure up. Their complaint may sound silly in our context, but we often struggle with the same heart of comparison when we come to worship. We look around and notice whose hands are raised and whose are not. We may feel awkward when there is an altar call because we imagine the eyes of others on us. We pass judgment on those who seem to be distracted during the service.

 

This attitude is no different than the Pharisees’ attitudes. It comes from hearts consumed with what others are doing and what others think instead of being focused on growing in who God is and asking for His transformative work in your life before trying to fix others. Worship is not a place to find out who measures up in the kingdom of God; it is a place to lay down in surrender, asking God to change your heart and the hearts of those around you. Second Corinthians 3:17-18 says, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. But we all, with unveiled faces, looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.” This is what is happening when we worship. We remember our relationship with Him and behold His glory. When we come to worship, it is not about what we or other people have done but who God is and His transformative work in our lives.

 

  • What are some distractions you encounter in worship?
  • Why is comparison dangerous in worship?
  • Pray and ask God to help you keep your eyes fixed on Him instead of comparing yourself to others.
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