Romans 2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things.
I have attended Church the biggest majority of my Fifty years. Oops, I just told you how old I am, women aren’t suppose to tell their age. Look over that comment, moving on…. My point is, I have heard many sermons, and I can’t recall, ever having anyone, comparing You or I to a Pharisee.
I know what’s probably going through your mind. Exactly the same thing, that went through mine.
He said what!
I am nothing like the Pharisees! There is no way, I come close to being like them!
Really? Aren’t you? Aren’t I?
I didn’t think so either, until this sermon spoke truth to my heart.
Here is one of the statements my Pastor made
“When we look with judgement, on the example of the Pharisees , we run the risk, of failing to see ourselves in them!” Yep, told you. May we be convicted and have hearts and attitudes changed.
The Pharisees were, by all means, well-meaning people. They studied God’s law and knew it well. But they had their “OWN RULES AND REGULATIONS” of how things should be, not necessarily what God’s word says.
Their downfall however, came from their own self-justification and self-importance.
What’s sad is they missed the “Whole Point
They completely rejected Jesus, whom God had sent. In doing so, they rejected God, whom they held high, and were suppose to love and uphold, due to their own Pride. They thought they didn’t need a Savior, only a King, but Jesus was that, and so much more!
Pray for the Holy Spirit’s prompting, to unveil your eyes, to the truth. Search your Heart, and ask yourself these questions. What thoughts come to your mind?
Are you thinking, WOW…..I am killing this list, but I know someone, who really needs to hear this, not ME. Sounds just like the Pharisees thinking to me.
1) I read and study my Bible, if others did the same, they’d know how they should live and act!
2) I follow the Laws, if others did like me, there would be less trouble in the world!
3) I separate myself, from certain kind of people, and you should too!
4) I get my Prayers answered, because I speak longer, and more eloquently!
5) I got problems, but it’s not as bad as yours, so I’m good to go!
6) I don’t Gossip, and stir up trouble, you can’t say that!
7) I thought they were a Christian, but I seen them doing this and that!
8) I think they need to be more bold, standing up for what they believe in, like me!
9) I am not comfortable sharing the Gospel, I’m keeping it to myself, let them figure it out!
10) I think they should serve the church as much as I do!
Do you see the pattern? The list could go on and on. Are you feeling as much guilt as I am?
This kind of thinking is wrong, on many different levels. Can you say Pharisee Attitude! Yes, most definitely! I’m going to make myself completely vulnerable and share a few of my convicted thoughts that I have had.
1) I was brought up, that women do NOT wear pants, especially to Church. For a long time, I didn’t even wear pants at all. It’s so ingrained in me, that even to this day, I can not bring myself, to wear pants in God’s house. Sad part is, I use to look down, on others that do. Shame on me, because I know, God doesn’t look, at the outward appearance, he looks at the heart, and soul of you, not what’s on the outside, of your body.
Now I look at it, as long as your covered up and decent, by that I am meaning, don’t have your hiney shining, and breasts out, for the whole world to see. Before anyone thinks I’m talking about a Mother nursing their child, that is completely different. Anytime I’ve seen women do this out , they conceal themselves, not put on a show. God made breasts for feeding their children.
2) I am World’s worst, at saying Prayers out loud. I just am. I have always been, very backwards and shy, and I find this rather hard. I’ve gotten much better at it, but if I’m being honest, I am constantly comparing myself, to other women, whose Prayers seem, to just flow out like a poem.
I am so ashamed to admit, I find myself being jealous of that, and I must STOP that kind of thoughts, because it sure isn’t of God. He Loves me as I am. He doesn’t make mistakes, and knows what is in my heart, before I even think it, let alone say it.
3) I hate gossiping, and I try to separate myself from it, as much as I possibly can. It can be rather hard sometimes though. The best of intentions start off well, but before you know it, guess what, you find yourself, smack dab in the middle of it. I don’t know about you, but I must find that balance. When someone starts, any kind of communication, that you know isn’t pleasing to God, do yourself a favor, WALK AWAY.
That is what I do quite often in fact, not in a rude way most of the time, but my Heart isn’t in the right place when I do it. Cause the thought that goes through my Prideful mind is….If they will talk about someone to YOU, they WILL talk about YOU to someone else. See what I mean, wrong Attitude. I admit it.
4) I will stop at this one. Let’s discuss music. I Love Music. I use to lead Choir some back in Ky, do solo’s, write songs, etc..I use to Love what most consider Pop music. You have no idea how much. When I decided, to turn away from the world, and return to God, I was EXTREMELY convicted, of the music I listened too. Let’s face it, most music today, is full of foulness, cussing, and sexual innuendo. I Prayed and asked God, to remove the love I had, of anything but Christian related music.
Now I can’t listen, to anything but that, without feeling that conviction. Be careful what you Prayer for. Anyway, the point of this one is, my Prideful way of thinking. I thought any Christian who listens, to anything else, but Christian music, aren’t living right in my eyes. I’m thinking God, how can they say they’re a Christian, and listen to the type of music, that has so much cussing, etc….Yep, shame on me!
May God Forgive my Sinful Heart and Attitude! See, I am being just as the bad, as the Pharisees, with my way of thinking, in many ways. I want to set rules, and guidelines, that I think others, should be following, cause its MY WAY, of perceiving what is right, and what is wrong. Ultimately, it is up to you and God, what convicts YOU and what doesn’t.
Not the Angie way of viewing it. Maybe you are doing the same, just in different ways. That is the purpose, of this particular post. I want to get us thinking, about how we need to make a change in our Hearts. What we speak and how we think. We need to follow Christ’s example, not what we want!
I don’t want to be held accountable, of not bringing something to light, when I know I should. Even if I get ridiculed, that’s Ok. I felt the prompting to write this. I sure hope it helps someone, as much as my Pastor helped me. Especially with this particular sermon. May we all show Humility not Judgement. Thank You Pastor Ryan.
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