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Saturday/Sunday: September 9, 2019

Miserable Messengers

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice.’” (Matthew 23:2)

It's a common complaint by many who leave the church that they abandoned their faith on account of the hypocrisy they saw within the church. There is also many attempts to discredit the gospel of Christ on account of miserable messengers of the gospel. However, Christ is clear that the malpractice of messengers does not provide an excuse for our misconduct. It's God's faithfulness to his word that vindicates his word from criticism and contempt. God's Word remains honorable despite those who dishonor it.

It would be foolish of me to claim the chef’s dish is distasteful on account of a bad-mannered waitress. The quality of the food is not measured by the one who serves it but rather by the one who produces it. God's Word is always profitable for our nourishment and satisfaction despite the hypocrisy of those whose service is less than profitable. God has proven himself trustworthy and faithful, and his word has been validated. 

May God help those hurt by hypocrisy to hear his voice and find him comforting and trustworthy. May we look to his obedience and the way in which he walked through life as our confirmation for embracing his truths and his life-giving message. May we rest our hope in Christ alone in which no hypocrisy can be found. 

Question: In what way is your life validating or hurting the authenticity and integrity of your message?

Challenge: Set a goal this week to ask God to expose any areas of hypocrisy in your own life.

Prayer: Our Father in heaven, thank you for the message of Christ and the privilege to be your messengers. Forgive me for the hypocrisy in my own life and help me to live a life that validates my message about Jesus.

Terry Evans, Chapel Leader -- Atlanta Braves

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