July 14, 2012

The message, not the messenger

Filed under: Uncategorized — andykiff @ 11:08 am

Matthew 23:2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat,3 so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice.

Practice what you preach.  It’s a message I’ve heard many times.  And it’s a good message.  The problem is that it can lead to me dismissing the message if I can see that the messenger isn’t living it.  There’s a temptation to dismiss everything I’ve ever heard from a preacher or songwriter if they’re found to be living a life that’s the opposite of what they tell others to do.

Jesus flips that idea on its head here.  He tells the people that the Pharisees don’t live right, that they’re a bunch of hypocrites (literally actors), children of hell, blind guides, fools.  He doesn’t shy away from this or water it down – he tells the Pharisees to their faces.  And yet he tells the people to do what the Pharisees tell them.  Just because their lives were inconsistent with their message it doesn’t mean that their message was false.  Liars can still tell the truth at times.

There’s an important job of evaluating every message I hear to find the truth in it, no matter who said it.  I may have doubts, reservations, even open opposition to the person speaking but You can deliver Your message through a donkey if You choose.  I need to listen, discern and weigh the content against Your Word to hear what You might be trying to say to me.

Lord help me to focus on the message rather than the messenger, to hear Your voice wherever it may come from.


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