Posted by: richardpowell2013 | February 1, 2014

Willfully Obedient

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Have you ever notice when someone talks about offering at church it can feel a little weird? This may be a sensitive issue for some people. It was for me until I started to understand willful obedience. Let me explain.

How many of you like to make a list when going grocery shopping? You know it keep you eating right and within a reasonable budget. Carrie, my wife,she likes list when she shops for groceries. She doesn’t like for me to go with because I completely derail her list. You know, she go in to the vegetable section, ok we need broccoli, beans, lettuce….ect. That is what is on the list. I tell her “Going to look around honey”. When I come back, my arms are full with Pizza rolls, potato chips, donuts, ice cream..you get the picture. There goes our budget and our health. So, some list can be good.

When imaking a list to check off as we are being obedient to God is where we can get in trouble. That is the convicting truth that Jesus was telling the Pharisees and the religious leaders of his day. They appeared to be righteous by the list they had checked off, but as Jesus points out in this verse, they are missing a few things on their list.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. (Matthew 23:23 NIV)

Do we see what Jesus is telling the leaders of this time? It is not what is on their list that everyone can see that makes them righteous, it is what others can’t see, their heart. That is why the Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

God wants us to be willfully obedient. God wants all of us. The point is, if we are giving just to check something off a list or reluctantly, we may not be obedient in other areas. God puts more value on your heart than your wallet.

Until next time….

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