OVERVIEW: Jesus taught what comes out of our mouths is far more significant than what we put in.
BIG IDEA: Seek a changed heart, not just new habits.
KEY VERSE: Mark 7:8–9 (Jesus to Pharisees)
Mark 7:8–9 (Jesus to Pharisees)
“For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition.” Then he said, “You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own tradition.”
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
I am so pleased when you genuinely worship me. I am delighted when I see you embracing my teachings and applying them to your life. I am happy when I see you following me rather than the latest trends in church culture.
There is no need to make a big deal out of saying or doing the right thing. If you mean it, don’t seek attention for making the right choice. There is no good in pretending to worship me. If you’re not interested in experiencing me, don’t insult me and confuse others by acting as the best worshipper in the room. I am not a tool for your PR campaign.
I am not impressed with appearances and self-righteous living. I am concerned with your attitudes and intentions. I love it when you come to me without pretense and enjoy my presence. When you do, your attitude and intentions are transformed through our time together.
Take a few moments and be honest with yourself about what Jesus says in Matthew 7:20-22. Which of these bad intentions and behaviors do you display? Confess any sin. Read Paul’s advice in Philippians 4:8 concerning what to think about each day. Take time to recognize Christ’s presence in your life.