04
Aug
14

God’s Will?

Religious people don’t always do religious things.  The religious leaders of Jesus’ day were guilty of this.

Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.​ – Luke 19:47 (NIV)​

The priests, teachers and religious leaders were trying to kill Jesus.  They wanted Him to die!  They either forgot the sixth commandment (you know, the one about not murdering) or they had completely misunderstood the will of God.  They believed that they were doing God’s work and will by putting Jesus to death.
As Christians, we can be guilty of doing things that Christians should not do.
  • We sometimes judge and condemn people who are different than us or who don’t behave the way we feel they should.
  • We will often gossip under the guise of prayer requests.
  • We can criticize and critique someone in order to “help them” but in reality it is to make ourselves feel better about our own shortcomings.
  • We may hop from church to church because we’re not “being fed,” but more likely it is because we have some personal preference (or agenda) that isn’t being given what we feel is proper attention.
  • We might stand on the sidelines and not get involved in a church, but lob criticisms at the leaders who we don’t feel are doing their jobs right.

Don’t get me wrong.  Sometimes we need to hold each other accountable, but not to spread gossip and rumors.  We might need to leave a church that has lost its way spiritually and theologically (but if you’ve attended 15 churches in the last 10 years, the problem might not be the churches).  If you’re standing on the sidelines, maybe you need to get involved and make some changes instead of criticizing everyone and everything with whom you disagree.  

As we journey through life, let us be sure that we’re really doing God’s will.  We need to search the Scriptures and examine the life of Jesus.  We need to ask the question, “Is this what Jesus would do?”  We need to ask the question, “Can I do this in Jesus’ name?”  If you can honestly judge/criticize/church hop/gossip/condemn in Jesus’ name, by all means, do it.  If not, keep your opinions and your unhealthy “religion” to yourself.
*I want you to know that as I woke up this morning, I was dealing with some unhealthy religion in myself.  God has a funny way of making me deal with my own attitude as I write this blog.  This morning’s devotional was written while looking in a mirror, not out a window.  Any toe-stepping is purely coincidental.  This one was for me.

Luke 19:45-48 (NIV)

Jesus at the Temple

45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling.46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’”

47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him. 48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.

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