Matthew 23:1-4

“Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.“

Upton Sinclair, a journalist in the early 1900’s, wrote in the essay, The Profits of Religion, “What are we to say when we see asceticism preached to the poor by fat and comfortable retainers of the rich?” He was criticising the preaching of pious and spiritual leaders who preached humility to the poor then left home and went to their mansions and lived unscrupulous lives. Unfortunately, times have not changed.

Even Jesus condemned the behavior of the church leaders of that day. He told the people to follow what they taught about Moses’ Law, but do not live like they actually lived. They would misuse the law in their own private lives. They might not have been committing adultery openly, but in their hearts they misused the law. How were they expected to spiritually lead the people to recognize the Messiah while living like that?

We should live as true to the Word as we can by the power of His might. The more of ourselves we surrender to Him the more chance He has to fill us with His life. We can then begin to behave with the attributes of His life and, therefore, be the most effective witness we can be. Our lives are the biggest witnessing tools we possess.

57-0325 - “The Lamb And The Dove”

Now, no matter how much you preach, you got a real ill-temper, don't do you much good to preach. See? No matter how much you join church and try to impersonate, if you're crabbing and nasty with your neighbor, you'll never win him to Christ then. See? It's the fruit of the Spirit. As my wife used to tell me, "Actions speak louder than words." That's right. Live me a sermon instead of preaching me one; that's a good thing; live me a sermon.

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