Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax to Caesar or not?”
But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?
Matthew 22: 15 – 18
Isn’t it nice to be flattered? Isn’t it nice when someone pays you a compliment, drawing attention to your gifts and speaking of how well you use them? Of course everything is not always as it seems! Does the politician really love that baby he is holding for the photoshoot? Is the teenager really going over to a friends to study? Are you or I truly being honest with those around us? Speaking frankly we all play games every day of our lives where our motivations are not as pure as we let on. However God cannot be fooled as easily as human beings given he sees into the very centre of our souls, just as Jesus demonstrated here.
Prayer: Father you know me better than I know myself. When my motives are not pure, prick my conscience and let me know!
Action: Think carefully before you act today. Why are you really doing what you are about to do?