This week Pastor Tommy Moseley filled in for Miles and delivered a strong, humorous message.
Now Jesus gave us a lot of direction on what to do and also (and sometimes more importantly) what not to do.
Mathew 7:24 says, Therefore whoever hears these saying of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Lets see what Jesus said so that we may be liken to a wise man.
Matthew 6:1 says, Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
Don't Blow Your Own Horn
The next few verses tell us not to sound a trumpet when we do a charitable deed like some people do. The reason people would "blow the horn" is simply to announce to all that they have done a good deed.
But Jesus reminds us to humble ourselves. Don't seek glory from man as that is worthless. Seek instead blessing from our Lord who doesn't need to hear a trumpet when we do something good. He sees everything and he knows the intentions of our heart. So don't be "that guy" who sounds a trumpet.
In Luke 18:9-12, Jesus tells the tale of a Pharisee, or priest, and a tax collector, who at the time was considered a criminal, both go to the temple to pray.
And the Pharisee says God, I thank You that I am not like other men - extortionist, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.
Really important. Don't be "that guy" who thinks he is better than others.
Humility is obviously the theme here and we should remember that God knows what we do right and what we do wrong. It's great that someone is tithing and praying and fasting but shouldn't we pray for our weaknesses?
And to make the matter worse this Pharisee compares himself to the tax collector saying that he is better than the criminal. A far cry from love thy neighbor.
Don't Be "That Guy" Who Catches Others
In John 8:1-6 Jesus went to the Mount of Olives and while there the Pharisees, trying to test the Lord, brought him a woman who was caught in adultery.
They pointed out that she was to be stoned and Jesus simply tried to ignore the accusers. God is omnipotent. He knows everything, including what we have done what we are doing.
By "catching" someone all we are doing is tattle-telling. It is one thing to approach someone in private about something that they have done but it is entirely something else to publicly humiliate someone. And the Lord indicates that it is wrong to do so.
Now we have talked about don't be "that guy", but lets talk about who to be.
Matthew 6:3-4 continued our instructions about what to do. The Lord directs us to give and be charitable in secret so that we can't be seeking glory from man and only from Him as even if we keep a secret He still knows.
Then Luke 18:13-14 continues the story and this time talks about what the tax collector prays for. "ï¿½ God, be merciful to me a sinner!"
This self-realized sinner couldn't even look up to heaven as he was saying this simple prayer. And Jesus tells us that the Pharisees exalted himself and as a result will be humbled where as the tax collector humbled himself and the Lord will exalt him. So we want to be the ones that humble ourselves.
And let's not forget what Jesus said to the woman who was brought before him to be stoned for adultery. He told the accusers to stone her, but that only those who were sinless to throw the stones. Nobody was so they left. Jesus turned to the woman and said "Go and sin no more." He didn't accuse, he just forgave and reminded us what we should do to our fellow man.
Pastor Tommy told us to do two things this next week:
- Don't build yourself up and don't take credit for anything. Leave it to God.
- Don't tear anyone else down.
Sounds easy but I know from experience that it isn't. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.