Practice What You Preach

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Matthew 23:2-3 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.” 

The Gospel of Matthew has been building to a dramatic climax, and the value of the Kingdom of God continues to be on full display. Prior to His arrest, trial, and crucifixion, Jesus takes aim at the religious leaders of His day. 

It’s important to remember, however, that the Pharisees in Jesus’ day were doing what they were trained and educated to do. They were well-educated and had tremendous knowledge of the Old Testament. 

Unfortunately, they didn’t live out what they were preaching. They could teach people what the Word of God said, but their hearts were missing the heart of God’s message. Jesus had welcomed the broken, downtrodden, sinful people to be with Him and enjoy fellowship with Him. But those who refused to acknowledge their own brokenness and elevated themselves above others – Jesus was now calling them to account. 


     MATTHEW 23:1-12 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)

QUESTION: On a scale of 1-10, how well do you recognize your own brokenness? Similarly, on a scale of 1-10, how well are you able to rest in God’s grace and experience freedom from that brokenness? 

REAL LIFE PRACTICE: Are you doing too much?Practice slowing down and living life at the pace of your soul by utilizing the One Minute Pause app at least twice daily. The app is free, and is available on iPhone and Android devices.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I continue to recognize that the balance between seeing my own brokenness and resting in Your grace despite that brokenness is a difficult balance to manage. Some days I wallow in self-pity, and other times I am able to rest well in Your infinite grace. Continue to help me see that I though I am broken and flawed, I am also Your child – one whom is dearly loved by You. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

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