In Matthew 23, Jesus sharply rebukes and scolds the Scribes and Pharisees, the religious leaders, those who were supposed to set the example about being hypocrites. They were more than devout in some areas of their devotion to God, while totally ignoring others. But, did this behavior only reveal that what outwardly appeared to be devotion to God, was actually devotion to themselves, and their desire for authority, honor and glory?
Before we point a self-righteous finger at the Pharisees, let us examine ourselves.
We prove how and where we want God to move in our lives, and how and where we want to be close to Him in where we’re CONSISTENT with Him. For example, some people are CONSISTENT and faithful in giving because, when they’re honest with themselves, they want to continue being blessed financially, or don’t want anything to go wrong. Paying their tithes, firstfruits, or however they give has become nothing more than a BLESSING BILL that they pay just as they do their utilities, so they aren’t cut off. It’s not done out of love or concern for ministry, but self. Some of these same people are perfectly content not being CONSISTENT in READING and STUDYING to know God better. As much as God expects us to be faithful in giving, there are MANY MORE (weightier) scriptures about reading and studying His word, being loving and kind, being patient and longsuffering, exercising self-control and sharing our faith that we must be very careful not to be INCONSISTENT. It’s easy to be more faithful in our relationship with God when it comes to the areas of our lives we want Him to move the most. But, let us strive to be CONSISTENT that we are honoring Him in all areas of our lives.
We prove what’s important too us in things with which we’re CONSISTENT. Many Christians check their social media, emails, voice mails or messages first thing each morning, and off-and-on through out the day, but will claim they don’t have time to read, study or pray regularly and CONSISTENTLY. If we have time to see what the world has to say, then we have time to regularly fellowship with God, as He commanded us. Sometimes we will CONSISTENTLY talk about our favorite teams, celebrities, what’s going on in the world, but seldom share our faith. In regard giving while ignoring other areas that are just as important… in Matthew 23:23 Jesus told the leaders, ““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: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” He chastised them for being faithful in some areas while ignoring others. He rebuked them for being CONSISTENT in some, while leaving some that are MORE IMPORTANT (weightier matters) undone. Are there areas of your walk with God in which you’re consistent while ignoring others? Are you growing and thriving in some areas while withering away in others?
Brothers and sisters, let us strive to be consistent in all areas of our relationship with God…He demands it.