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Non-selective Obedience

Day 176
Verse of the day

For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.

Matthew 23:23

There is a natural tendency in people to choose what works best (and easiest) for them – according to their understanding. This was the nature of the attitude of the Scribes and Pharisees which Jesus spoke against. They obeyed the law, but only to a degree that was just enough to retain their religious reputation among the people. By practicing more apparent deeds, whilst forsaking inner weightier matters of justice, mercy, and faith, they portrayed acts of piety before men but not before God. Jesus saw through their acts, to the heart and motives that inspired them and rebuked their attitude of hypocrisy.

Although the law doesn’t apply in this dispensation of Christ as it did then, the principle Christ employed in judging the actions of the Pharisees and scribes still do. Our walk with God would demand varying degrees of obedience from us. Some of this would be more visible to people than others which would only be known to God. When these demands are made, we must be careful not to be as the Scribes and Pharisees who chose to be seen of men than to be recognized by God. We must also be careful not to focus on the ‘weightier’ matters that we ‘forsake’ the lesser ones. Christ demands complete obedience from us.

We must give enough attention and discipline to helping someone in need as we do to private prayers and meditation on His word. We must also do our bit in visiting the sick as we do to preaching the word. Some of these appear more spiritual than the others, but our obedience must not be selective but whole. 

Christ summed up the Law as loving God with all our heart and loving our neighbor as ourselves. Donating sums of money in church while shutting up our bowels of compassion from a needy neighbor would only reflect a character of hypocrisy in us. Simple, non-selective obedience is the proof of our love for God, and this is better than bountiful sacrifice. We must, therefore, exercise ourselves to obey God in the lesser but more evident acts, and in the weightier but more secret acts.


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Today’s Confession

Daddy, thank You for Your instruction today. I surrender myself to You this day, to obey You in every way You require. I will be non-selective in my obedience towards You.


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