Happy Monday! Thank you for joining me this week. Quick question, what would you do if you saw your pastor kicking and knocking over chairs at church service? I’m certain someone would have something to say to or about the pastor or it would be on someone’s social media page for everyone to see. Well today, we are going to read about a similar story that began with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Have a wonderful day.
BIBLE VERSE – Matthew 21:12-13
“12 Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. 13 He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!”[Isaiah 56:7, Jeremiah 7:11]”
In the verses above, we see a different side of Jesus that no one had expected. It was clear, that Jesus did not take pleasure in the misuse of the Father’s temple/house of prayer.
We must understand the Lord/Jesus is always about His Father’s (God’s) business. Jesus has shown us throughout the book of Matthew that He will correct and rebuke those who are focused on themselves, what would benefit them, and misrepresenting religion to cover-up their own deceitful or misguided practices. Jesus was not playing. He was bringing chaos into order.
Brothers and sisters, we are not exempt. Now that we know better, let us do better. While the Lord takes us as we are, there should be a point in our Christian walk when we begin to look more like Christ and not a misrepresentation of him. Let’s stop playing the church and be the church. Let’s stop saying we are Christians and start being Christians (followers of Christ). Ask the Lord into your heart, allow Him to be the Lord of your life, your Savior and Redeemer.
Father God, thank you for today. Thank you for your word and for the reminder of what is important to you. Lord, we desire to love and serve you. Lord, forgive us for the times when we made things about ourselves and not about you. We want to be about our Father’s business.. Lord, teach us to live a life that pleases you. Lord, remove our self-centeredness and help us to center our thoughts and motives around you and what you desire. Lord, give us clarity of mind and speech. Help us to seek you first and trust your plan for our lives. In Jesus name, amen.
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