In Matthew 23:23 Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.”
Jesus pronounced a woe upon the Pharisees because they served God mechanically and not from the heart. They were meticulous in their tithing so others could see and praise them, but the things that really mattered were omitted because natural men does not see into the heart and could not praise them for invisible deeds. Jesus said when they did things to be seen of men and that they had their reward. This reward was temporal, being the praise and admiration of men. They were dead spiritually because the life giving qualities of the Word of God were lacking in their lives. Jesus was not condemning tithing but was warning against their lack of spirituality. Because they were lacking spiritually, He pronounced a woe upon them.
We must surpass the Pharisees in our devotion to God. Our loyalty must be fuller and more sincere, reaching far beyond the pharisaical spirit. The hope of making the rapture is such a narrow window and we must be extra careful not to miss it by carelessness and unconcern in our Christian walk.
James reminds us in his epistle (1:22) that we must be a doer of the Word and not hearers only. The scriptures are replete with examples of those who failed to practice what they had learned. It seems that the world today grows less concerned with eternal things with each passing year. They are truly fulfilling the scripture that in the last days men would be lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. We must take heed that we don’t let this attitude and spirit find its way into our lives. This can only be avoided as we guard against it in our daily life. A burden for the weightier matters will give us a foundation to fend off this worldly spirit. A fresh breath of God will re-kindle a desire for the fuller spiritual life that we need to lead us onward toward our goal of perfection. It is time to wade out into the deep and take on the cloke of perfection, for the Lord’s coming is surely near.
Satan is cunning and crafty. He is testing us in every way possible to cause our downfall and prevent our making the rapture. He knows for the most part that he cannot cause us to deny Christ and sin outright. So he is attempting to deceive and mislead us by luring us into an unconcerned condition. He offers pleasures and prosperity to some which causes them to drift into a spiritual slumber. To others, he burdens them down with excessive cares of this life knowing that they will expend a great amount of time and energy working through and praying over these things—time that should rather be used in fine tuning their life after the weightier matters of the Word.
Not many Christians would leave the Christian life behind, but may carelessly neglect to perfect their Christian walk. Time and opportunity could easily slip by unsuspectingly until they awake to find it too late to make amends. May we be careful and mindful about the weightier matters of the Word and how we put it into practice in our daily lives.