Monday, April 22, 2013

Matthew 23:23

"Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone."
Matthew 23:23

This is a pretty harsh scripture, directed to some of the groups within the church at the time of Christ.  I think it helps us remember how easy it is to take God and the church for granted.  We can start taking the social or cultural aspects of the gospel more seriously than the spiritual, and find ourselves wanting to impress other people rather than God.  God doesn't need our tithes, and he isn't impressed by our clothing.  Tithing exists to teach us to sacrifice in order to help others... teaching us more about living in a Zion community.  And we shouldn't leave that undone. :)  But the things that God really cares about are our internal values, and the work that we are doing there.  Today, let's consider the weightier matters, and start working on our internal issues, not just the external. :)

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