Tuesday, January 16 – Matthew 15:3-6
And He answered and said to them, “Why do you yourselves also break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’ and, ‘The one who speaks evil of father or mother is to be put to death.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God,” he is not to honor his father or mother.’ And by this you have invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.”
When was a time you tried to impress someone? In these moments, we try to show our skills, knowledge, or resources. When it these efforts are over the top, we call it “showing off.” Genuine skills may be there, but they are displayed in a way that reflects arrogance. This was the heart of the Pharisees when it came to their relationship with God. They wanted to show off their intelligence about God to impress all the Jews. But Jesus saw beyond the exterior of their religious practice and to their hearts of arrogance and self-righteousness. Their relationship with God was not dependent on who God is but on the things they could do for Him.
When we come to worship, we are faced with this same temptation. We are tempted to try to impress those around us with our knowledge of the Bible or the good things we are doing for God, but He knows our hearts. First Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God does not see as man sees, since man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” We don’t have to try to impress God or any person when we come to worship. We don’t need to show off our skills to prove ourselves as a follower of Christ. God desires a heart that is soft, honest, and ready to be molded into His image.
- What is typically the state of your heart when you approach worship on Sundays?
- Why do you think we tend to try to impress God, ourselves, and others with where we are in our faith?
- Pray and ask God to change your heart to look like His.