Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
Matthew 23: 1 – 4
It’s interesting that Jesus didn’t have any problem with the Pharisees teaching. Pharisees were top rate Bible Scholars and Jesus knew that. He even said do everything they tell you to. Just don’t do what they do; because these Pharisees weren’t practicing what they preach.
We could be the best Biblical scholar in the land, pray long elegant prayers, be able to give the most amazing apologetics argument, but if we aren’t putting any of it into practice then it’s meaningless. Christianity is not an intellectual exercise, it’s a way of living. So the test of our faith is not how much Bible trivia we know or what lofty theology we can drop into conversation. We show our faith by how we live, and how we put those ideas into practice.
That’s why our Thoughts always end with an action. Because ultimately that’s where our faith should lead. Action.
Prayer: Lord, help me to practice what I preach. Help me to live as Jesus instructed me to: showing love, compassion and forgiveness to all. But thank you than when I inevitably slip up or miss the mark, that you are gracious and will help me to try again.
Action: Is there anything you have said you would do but haven’t done? Maybe today is the day to follow through on your word.