Matthew 23:23-32 23 “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. 24 You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
27 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. 28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
29 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous. 30 And you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead, then, and complete what your ancestors started!
The Open Door Community Church
Observation: Father, I experience you reorienting me toward You, Your longing for me, and Your longing for this world. I hear you saying, “Your life being defined by compassion and justice is more important to Me than your life being defined by being right.” I hear you encouraging me to roll up my sleeves and to engage in the beautiful mess of weaving heaven and earth back together again rather than encouraging me to pursue a sanitized, equational way of life.
Action: Today, rather than walking away from what is broken and/or inconvenient in the spaces of my home, neighborhood, or vocational space, I am going to walk toward it, meet the people inside of it, and discover how I can roll up my sleeves to and contend for their flourishing.