Do You Major On The Minors?

September 21

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees,
hypocrites! …Blind guides
who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”
Matthew 23:23, 24

God had given laws to Israel, but the Pharisees had added multitudes of laws of their own. Then they concentrated on teaching the people to practice the laws they had established, leaving the laws of God aside. They became their own standard-givers.

We all grow up with a family history which determines what is important to us and the standards by which we judge. A man will think he’s doing a good deed by volunteering for a worthy cause. Makes him feel good. Yet the same man might steep himself in pornography, live in lust, slander those he disapproves of, and think nothing of violating the laws of God. He judges himself according to his own standards. When something in his life contradicts the Word of God, he justifies it to himself. As long as he does a good deed here and there, he considers himself a good person. This is what Jesus called hypocrisy. Straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel.

Believers, the Word of God and the Word of God ALONE is God’s standard. It is not for us to develop our own standards so we can feel good about what we do and have a way to justify what contradicts the standard God sets. Jesus would certainly do good things for people – but you wouldn’t find him in the back of a store looking at porn magazines. You wouldn’t find him cheating on his taxes or lying to people. He walked in all the counsel of the Word of God. Period. Nothing added, nothing taken away.

Let us not major on the minors by establishing our own standards. No, let us turn to the Word of God and measure ourselves by the standard of truth.