“Then the Pharisees went out and plotted against Him, how they might destroy Him.” Matthew 12:14
If you’ve been in church for many years; you’ve observed plastic performances; people who are preform their religion well. These players know what to say and how to say it; playing out their roles extremely well because they’ve been doing it for so long. They appear to be “righteous” on the outside however; when the winds of adversity blow, their “religious rituals” fall short leaving them devastated.
The Pharisees knew this all too well; as they went out to plot against Jesus. Jesus exposed them over and over using words like ” brood of vipers.” He saw through their “ritualistic religion” and exposed their plastic performance based faith, in front of their peers. It made them furious and they refused to repent and have a relationship with the Lord Jesus.
You see the Pharisees were so concerned about making sure everyone else obeyed the law. They cared more about what other people saw them doing; than who Jesus saw them being. They admonished Jesus for healing a man with a withered hand on the Sabbath Day.
I love how Jesus used stories; in order to make His points resonate deeply within the hearts of those listening. “What man is there among you who has one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out?” He went on to say a man is much more valuable than a sheep, therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.
Jesus detests plastic performance. Period. He does not want us to do anything to be a pleaser of men but to please Him. He longs for us to have a real relationship with Him. He wants our hearts to be completely His. We should do everything “as unto the Lord,” and run far and away from any ritual.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, I don’t want to perform our of ritual, just so other people can observe my “goodness.” I don’t want to be plastic. I want my viable, true relationship with You to be the overflow of my heart. Please forgive me for every time I’ve put on a performance to gain the accolades of others. In Jesus Name. Amen
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