Matthew 23:23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. 24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
With the dawning of the information age, we have so many things at our fingertips, like the ‘easy button’ portrayed in the Staples ads. We have one stop shopping on the internet. I am able to tithe through the click of a button on my church’s website. While these things add great convenience to my life, are they good things?
I know I’ve confessed to you before I don’t like people much. Forty two years of believing the lie that people were out to hurt me and were only pretending to like me has a lot to do with that. But, thanks to God, I am learning to like and, more importantly, to love people now. But it’s a process.
When I read the above verses, I can’t help but think it would be so easy to fall into this trap of hypocrisy. Look Lord, I sent my tithe, I sponsored that child, I write for you on the internet. This virtual world has been a real blessing for me, a person who loves the convenience of interacting without the mess of actual real life.
Think about it. God could have saved us with the snap of His fingers. He could have just looked down from His throne and chosen the ones to add to His family. But He didn’t. He chose to get down in the muck, the squalor of His creation. He chose to walk among us, to feel our pain, to get messy. Why? Because love is more than snapping your fingers. Love is more than tithing and sponsoring. Love gets involved. Love gets messy. His life is our example of how to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.
So I am praying to be heart broken. I am praying for strength to be involved. I am praying to do all the right things. And I know I can do ALL things through Christ, my Savior. If He could get messy for me, the least I can do is get messy too.