His language slaps and stings. Did they feel it? Would they see themselves in His words?
Blind guides, blind fools, hypocrites … what sorrow awaits.
These religious leaders, who shut the door to the Kingdom of Heaven so that neither they nor their students could enter. Making converts twice the child of hell they are. Burden stackers. Spotlight seekers. What sorrow awaits.
“Don’t follow their example,” Jesus tells the crowd and the disciples. He didn’t say their teaching was wrong; he was talking about their example.
I feel the sting. The contradiction of word and deed. It falls on me, conviction.
I tell my kids not to load up on junk, but when they leave the room I sneak Hershey Kisses from the freezer. I tell my kids to treat each other the way they want to be treated, but I’m snapping at them as I do so. When I (internally) fault a “sister” for her lack of forgiveness, I see my own unforgiveness as I hold an offense against her.
Do I want to keep on like this? Candy sneaker, edgy mom, hypocrite?
Just yesterday, a friend and I talked and the question arose, “Wouldn’t you want a friend to point out if you were headed down a bad path? I know I would. But I don’t know anyone who would want to confront.”
There is a friend.
Jesus says, ” … for you have only one teacher, the Messiah.” Matthew 23:10b (NLT).
I am thankful for God’s Spirit in me, to help, to convict.
While it’s a little late in the year to make a resolution, it’s not too late for change. Jesus, be my teacher. Today. For real. Show me what needs to change and help me to do it. From what goes into my mouth to what comes out of it, Lord, I want to walk alongside you and learn from you for real change.