Getting It Right
by Pastor B.J. Knefley
Many, if not most, want to get life right. For some that might mean having the right relationship; for another it might mean the right job or career; for others it might mean having the right things. Still others don’t look at the material things of the world but rather getting it right means in their relationship with the creator of the universe. This often means practicing a set of tenants and the closer they live their lives to these tenants the more they feel that they are getting it right.
Many religious people practice their religion with dedication and conviction. The people of Jesus’ day were no exception. They had many religious laws that were to be followed and practiced. Some took great pride in their ability to follow these laws. In the Book of Matthew Jesus disciples were found to be doing something on the Sabbath that was forbidden. When confronted by the religious leaders he stated “But you would not have condemned my innocent disciples if you knew the meaning of this Scripture: ‘I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.’ For the Son of Man is Lord, even over the Sabbath!” (Matthew 12:7,8). What was Jesus saying and what was his point?
What was going on in the day of Jesus is what goes on in our day as well. Getting it right becomes more important than the one we’re doing it for. The religious leaders were more concerned with the keeping of the law relating to the Sabbath that who the Sabbath was for. In other words, Jesus is stating that He, the Lord, was over the Sabbath, not the other way around. Practically what does this mean? It means simply that if your neighbor needs help on the Sabbath then you go and help him, that’s what it means to show mercy. That was the point that Jesus was making. The religious leaders were so concerned with getting it right that they missed whom they were doing it for. The same holds true today. We can get so caught up in getting it right by doing the religious thing that we miss the opportunity to love our neighbor. Bottom line? Be careful that your religion doesn’t become your God. Think about it.
Friday, February 17, 2017
Getting It Right
Posted by Solomon's words for the wise at 2/17/2017 12:45:00 AM