Thursday 8 January, 2015

John 7:14-24

14 Jesus did nothing until halfway through the feast. Then he went up to the temple courtyard and began to teach. 15 The Jews there were amazed. They asked, “How did this man learn so much without being taught?” 16 Jesus answered, “What I teach is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me. 17 Here is how someone can find out whether my teaching comes from God or from me. That person must choose to do what God wants them to do. 18 Whoever speaks on their own does it to get personal honor. But someone who works for the honor of the one who sent him is truthful. Nothing about him is false. 19 Didn’t Moses give you the law? But not one of you obeys the law. Why are you trying to kill me?” 20 “You are controlled by demons,” the crowd answered. “Who is trying to kill you?” 21 Jesus said to them, “I did one miracle, and you are all amazed. 22 Moses gave you circumcision, and so you circumcise a child on the Sabbath day. But circumcision did not really come from Moses. It came from Abraham. 23 You circumcise a boy on the Sabbath day. You think that if you do, you won’t break the law of Moses. Then why are you angry with me? I healed a man’s entire body on the Sabbath day! 24 Stop judging only by what you see. Judge in the right way.”

When I am driving a car or riding a bike, my vehicle goes here I am looking. If I want to avoid some obstacles I need to focus on the gap, the way through. If I focus on the obstacles, I head towards the obstacles. If I try hard not to hit something by focusing on the object, I need up hitting it.

This is what happens when I try to live by a set of rules in the Bible. If I focus so much on avoiding a certain sin, I end up crashing into sin. These Pharisees were focused so much on avoiding working on the Sabbath that they crashed into a multitude of other sins. They instead became guilty of lacking love and mercy. They avoided working on the Sabbath but failed to do good. In fact they began thinking about killing Jesus despite all the good he was doing. They became hypocrites

When I focus on the way through the pressures of temptation and focus on doing good, living in the light and showing love, I not only avoid sin but drive forward into blessing. What is the focus point to get us through the obstacles? Jesus.

“Lord, my eyes are on you, drive into love and good deeds, and in doing so drive me past and safely away from a multitude of sin!”

Written by Andrew Mellor

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