Make a Way for the One: Week 2 - Day 5

Opening Prayer:

Search me, God, and show me my true heart.  Help me today to follow closely after you.

 

Read:  Matthew 23:1-3 (NIV)

“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to His disciples: The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.”

 

Reflect:

This verse is perhaps where we got our phrase, “Do what I say and not what I do.” Whether we are parenting, at work, or in the grocery store, our actions tell those around us what we are like not our words.  The Pharisees said the right things, but their words were not followed with Godly action.  They only did the right thing to look good so that people would honor them, and yet Jesus said the greatest are those who serve each other.  The one who’s heart works for God alone.   Are we a people where the words we speak about Jesus also show up in our actions?   Let’s get busy so that the world can see Jesus’ love.    

 

Apply:

Ask God to show you where your actions don’t match your words.  Identify one area where you could make a change to “show” Christ to those in your home, work, and community.

 

Closing Prayer:

Forgive me, Lord, for not ministering to the people around me with action.  Help me to love those You have placed in my life with good acts of service.  I want to serve like Christ served me.

Terry Schneider