The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven.
He replied, “When evening comes, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,’ and in the morning, ‘Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.’ You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.
Matthew 16: 1 – 3
I used to drive my mum nuts. She had to resort to storing our Christmas presents with the next-door neighbour because there was nowhere in our house I couldn’t find them. I was a good detective. Yet at the same time I often got into trouble because of doing stupid things where she said, ‘you should have known better’. Even today I can exhibit knowing things and doing stupid things in the same minute! We are all like this. We all have the ability to read signs to see where things lie and yet to miss other things.
In Jesus day he was amazed the Pharisees could see so much but yet missed so much. They did everything they could to keep people worshipping God but missed God who walked amongst them. They knew everything there was to know about the law but missed the essentials of what it meant to follow God.
Especially for those of us in the church we need to make sure church never draws our eyes from Jesus. Church is there to help us worship and follow Jesus, not the other way round.
Pray: Father. I love my church. I really love my church family. Give to me the perspective to see when my love of church gets in the way of my love of you. Help me to keep my eyes firmly focused on you.
Act: Think about Jesus. What Would Jesus Do?