V.23b…You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things.
Jesus words here are strong – “what sorrow awaits you…”. Here are leaders and teachers who obey the letter of the law when it comes to minute details in tithing their herbs. They have commitment? Yes – but Jesus says it’s not to the important things.
I wonder why Jesus said “sorrow” and not “judgement”? Were these people wholeheartedly thinking that this was what God was looking for? Were they going to be saddened to discover they got it wrong?
I don’t want to be saddened when I stand before Jesus. I don’t want to have him to point to what should have been important and say: “What we’re you thinking?”
Like David in Ps 139, oh God I pray that you would search my heart and point out anything that offends you – keep my eyes fixed on You so I know what is important and walk in it with You and for You.
Written by Ps. Linda Quinn