Pastor Tony Butler
15:1 - Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from
During her reign, Queen
For an instant there was breathless silence among the British upper crust and then they began to whisper to one another. All that stopped in the next instant as the Queen, Victoria, silently took her finger bowl in her two hands, lifted it, and drank its contents! A moment later 500 surprised British ladies and gentlemen simultaneously drank the contents of their own finger bowls.
It was "against the
rules" to drink from a fingerbowl, but on that particular evening
When we as Christians are more caught up in our little man made rules and traditions that override the greater laws of love, grace and mercy, then the Word of God is made void and God is worshipped in vain. We become ineffective and irrelevant to the needy around us who are starving for spiritual reality. Our worship and relationship to God becomes mere lip service.
Where is our passion for people? Why are rules often more important to us than people? Why must people perish because of traditions within our churches that disallow them lest they conform to the rules? Man made rules are important at times to secure order and decency but they were never intended by God to undermine effectiveness in reaching people.
I have seen people get far more upset over the breaking of man-made rules than the fact that those same people are lost and going to hell. How many people have come to me in tears over the sad spiritual condition of a loved one? Few. How many have come complaining about broken rules? More than I can say. Jesus died on the cross for people. They are His passion. Nothing is more valuable to Him than a human soul. He gave His very own life for us. If people are not our passion, and if we have allowed legalisms to take precedent over God’s grace, then we can be assured our hearts are far from His heart. Thus, the only service rendered is from the lip.
May we give Him heart service that rejoices in His love and grace in order to reach a lost world that desperately needs Him. Blessings on you all, have a Jesus filled day!