Saturday, February 25th, 2017
Matthew 16 (Part 2)
Externally Focused Jews
Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them, 'When it is evening you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red;' and in the morning, 'It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.' Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.'
Matthew 16:1-3 (NKJV)
If the Creator of the universe is 'Eternal, immortal, invisible' (1 Timothy 1:17)...
If faith in this Unseen God is crucial for those called and chosen to follow Him...
If 'Faith is... the conviction of things not seen' (Hebrews 11:1), then we must believe what we cannot see, because God moves in the spiritual. Can you see His work in the physical? Certainly, if your heart has clear vision.
But if eyes can be closed, dimmed or darkened and hearts can become cold, dull and hardened... then both these spiritual conditions spread like plagues through men who claimed God's favor.
Religious leaders in the days of Christ focused on forms, rules and appearances. When Jesus fit no accepted standards, they refused to believe His miracles. In faith matters, they were blind, deaf and dumb.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Celebrity is superficial and most media is surface stuff. Since you are called to this mission field, work within it and do not judge it. Your depth of purpose is intriguing and the Light you hold is inviting. God's plan is furthered by your entrance.
But within your church community, avoid superficiality. Because it can spread like hidden sores covered up by pretty packaging. When Christians focus on externals, rather than the Lord's deepest Treasure (we know Him by the Holy Spirit), we'll become no better than the men who were blinded by too much glitter.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Matthew 16 series.