The Blind Leading The Blind

Day 84

Deuteronomy 4:1-49; Luke 6:39‐7:10; Psalm 68:1‐18; Proverbs 11:28

The Blind Leading The Blind

Jesus confront us with an issue that scares many of us who are seriously religious – that of being hypocritical and leading others astray. Hypocrites intentionally don’t “walk their talk,” or, keeping with the illustration from Jesus’ parable, they advertise themselves to be one kind of tree while producing a different kind of fruit.

Until we transcend this body of flesh and the sin that so easily besets us (Hebrews 12:1), any of us will fail to act in total accordance with the Great Commandment to love God with everything we are and our neighbor as ourselves. Those times are moral failings but not the hypocrisy Jesus is addressing. Hypocrisy is focusing on someone else’s faults while intentionally failing to address flaws (sometimes more serious) in our own character. Today’s Proverb says: “A truthful witness does not deceive, but a false witness pours out lies.” A false witness who is also stating a belief in Christ is acting hypocritical. The danger is leading others astray and away from the Lord.

God, by the grace and power of your Holy Spirit, fill us with light and lead us to truth. Show us if there is any hypocrisy in our lives. Give us a hunger for your Word, both written and incarnate. Help us to finish our Lenten journey truly walking in Jesus’ steps so our lives reflect the very integrity of the Lord Himself. In Christ’s name, Amen.

Richard Bordin
Holy Cross, Winter Haven

God Chose You

Day 83

Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29; Luke 6:12-38; Psalm 67:1-7; Proverbs 11:27

God Chose You

Everything is increasingly a la carte. Corporations are continually gathering information on us and developing complex marketing strategies to sell us what we want, even before we realize that we will want it. We like being in charge of making all those choices.

We naturally tend to come at our faith the same way, picking and choosing what seems right, good, and helpful. A great deal of emphasis is placed on making a personal decision for Christ, and then making good and right choices in every aspect of our lives.

But a simple yet profound truth should shape the way you seek, worship, and serve the Lord. He chose you. Just as He chose His twelve disciples, He chose you. Yes, you have a role in receiving that gift of faith. You have a responsibility to be disciplined in how you pursue it and shape your life accordingly. But remember His first free gift of grace: He chose you. Specifically you. Wonderfully you.

Being chosen isn’t easy. Christians suffer hardships and sorrows of all sorts. Those first disciples were poor, rejected, and persecuted their whole lives. Most died for their faith in Jesus. Yet they were driven by an unspeakable joy and confident of their ultimate victory with Him, because He chose them.

Because He chose you, live in this same joy and confidence. Remember that you are following in Christ’s way, not cutting your own path. Let Him lead, answer His call. “Thy will be done.” AMEN.

The Rev. Tim Nunez
Belleview, FL

Need a Physician?

Day 82

Numbers 36:1‐13; Deuteronomy 1:1‐46; Luke 5:29‐6:11; Psalm 66:1‐20; Proverbs 11:24‐26

Need a Physician?

Sometimes we need a physician even when we don’t know it or want to see one…

Most of the time, we only see a physician when we feel sick. When Jesus spoke to the crowd which included Pharisees and scribes, He knew that they all needed a physician—they were all sick. He knew all their history.

He also knew the ones who sensed their own sin and thought that they were not good enough for God. He chose to spend His time with them. That is why He said that He came to call the sick not the righteous. The sick knew that they were sinners and were in need of care, the kind of care only Jesus could provide. The Pharisees and scribes had no need of a physician because they believed they were well. They were like old “wineskins”—stiff, rigid and stuck in their old ways. They were too rigid to accept Jesus who could not be contained in their old traditions or rules.

Jesus requires new structure, new approaches, and new traditions. We need to leave room in our programs and ministries for the fresh touch of the Spirit. Perhaps there is a new approach, a new method, or a new idea. We must be careful that our own hearts don’t become so rigid that we are unable to accept the new way of thinking that Christ brings. Our hearts need to remain pliable like “new wineskins” so we can accept Jesus’ life-changing message.

John Motis, Deacon                                                                                                                  Good Shepherd
Lake Wales, FL