These are not checklist items. This is not a spiritual do list. In fact there were people in the Bible who were doing all of these activities that Christ rebuked and told them that they were seeking glory for themselves – read John 5:39 – 42. Here Christ was speaking to the leaders of the Jews, Pharisees. These folks had the first five books of the Bible memorized – steeped in the word, they prayed every day, they were engaged in an intense community, they were actively involved in proselytizing, and they took obedience to a new level, read Paul’s description of his life as a Pharisee in Philippians 3:1 – 6.
But you say, the Bible says we are to do all of these things. Yes it does. So what makes the difference?
What do you think? Stay tuned.