Power for Today
To Strain at a Gnat and Swallow a CamelLuke 6 (NIV)
Woe unto you, scribe and Pharisees , hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint, 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, NKJV)
"HEY, DAN! Here's what you need to look busy," my friend said. "You need a coffee cup. It can be empty. Just carry it around with you. You'll look busy." It seemed to work for him in the Navy. No officers questioned him, as he walked about with his empty cup.
We have all had "slack times" on our jobs, when there really was nothing to do. We are not lazy; our bosses require activity.
Some people know how to avoid obedience and look busy.
The Pharisees were not lazy people. They were busily involved in the minutia of the Law, with things not requiring a commitment of heart or change of mind. It is as if God would be satisfied with quantity of work, not the quality of heart.
Such an attitude would allow one to be religious, keeping outward forms of worship, but keeping one's heart far from God and service far from man.
People who look heartlessly at need and do nothing, using a high-sounding religious excuse not to be involved, are carrying around an empty coffee cup.
My dear Father, may I never allow anything to put me out of touch with serving my fellow man. May I never use my religious faith to excuse myself from service, but may my faith be an impelling reason to serve. In the sweet name of Jesus. Amen.
- DON ROBINSON, Southgate, Michigan