“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
Matthew 23: 23 – 24
Should Christians prioritise personal holiness over social action? Is it about our own walk with God or trying to create the kind of world God would want us to? Jesus expectations were both rather that which. We are called to walk in holiness before God whilst also applying faith to everyday situations we find ourselves in. It is a good job Jesus promised us the helper, The Holy Spirit, that would live in us and work within us because we know we don’t have the strength to do this on our own. Yet with the Spirit’s help Christians have made this world a better place. Spend some time googling the impact Christians have had on our society and you will be amazed at how faith has improved this world.
Prayer: Father, for those you have called into the public sphere who put their faith to use improving society, I pray for them. For those you have called to retreat from society so they can concentrate on developing their relationship with you, I pray for them. For myself, help me to find the right balance so I can honour you and use the gifts you have given me.
Action: Be thankful for Christians who employ their gifts in so many different ways. Do you think you might spot some Christians doing this today?