Jimmy came home from school with a scowl on his face and anger in his voice. As he opened the back door, he began yelling, “It’s not fair. I’ve been punished for something I didn’t do!”
Wanting to comfort him, his mother said, “That’s terrible. What didn’t you do?”
“My spelling,” he replied.
Jimmy had probably done all of this other homework assignments. But somehow, he neglected to do his spelling.
On one occasion when Jesus was addressing the teachers of religious law and some Pharisees, He said to them, “You are careful to tithe the tiniest part of your income, but you ignore the important things of the law – justice, mercy and faith…You should not leave undone the important things!”
Could it be that we are like Jimmy? We pick and choose to do certain things required of Christians, but omit doing the things we do not enjoy doing – like spelling lessons? We can be obedient and disobedient at the same time! We may gladly give 10% of our income in tithe but refuse to extend a hand or a heart to someone who is sick or suffering, hurting or in need.
Prayer: Lord, may we realize that our obligations to You include loving the unloved and helping the helpless. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture for Today: Matthew 23:23-24 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: (Read more…)