Saturday: 25th August, 2018
Reference text: Matthew 23:1-12
Matthew 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
There are many red-carpet events held for celebrities across all walks of life. Interesting, in nearly all of these events, there is always an eye-catching or jaw-dropping moment that causes others to say ‘Wow’. That, is when the attention of the world is captured. However, even in the circle of these stars, there are those whose constant desire for attention goes to the extreme. Thus, their actions are no longer a surprise, but rather; ‘oh, we sort of expected that’
The Pharisees were described in a unique manner today, with their actions leading Jesus to describe them in a way that requires some patience to see clearly. They were described as people ‘whose words were to be followed since they sat in the seat of Moses, but their actions were to be disregarded because there was no convergence between the words they spoke and the actions they showed’.
Jesus came to the single conclusion that they were nothing more than ‘show offs’. They were all about : “see what we are wearing, see where we sit, see how we are greeted” – to them, that was the only things that mattered. Sweetheart, for others to only expect and perceive us as nothing more than ‘seekers of attention’, possessing no real intentions or desire to do anything for others, but have the eyes of the world watching as we show off, leaves a lot to be desired.
What the body of Christ and in fact, the whole world needs right now isn’t a selection of shepherds and believers, parading like peacocks showing off what external beauties they have to offer. Harsh? Yes! Because what is needed is a ‘radical’ transformation of the inner man to reflect on the exterior. The world needs to stop seeing ‘us’, but the one whose light ought to shine through ‘us’ by our words and deeds.
Remember # What we need to be showing to the world is not ourselves, but the God in us.