In the scriptures this morning, I heard Jesus warn of woes and dangers. He chastised the Pharisees, the religious folks, for neglecting judgment (of themselves) and love (of others). He said they were a pitfall, a grave that folks fell into. Then, He spoke to the lawyers, the legalists. Their grief emanated from burdening others while withholding the keys to real knowledge. Those lifestyles created darkness...Jesus calls us to look on Light so He can shine through us for the lost of this world.
Speaking to the disciples, Jesus illuminated two dangers we still face: hypocrisy and greed. The blessings we receive are not because we are special. They are because God is great and good. We receive that we might share. Our lives must be generous toward others. Jesus told His disciples, 'Pray for God's Kingdom and Will to be done.' The heart of the Father longs for all of us to receive His blessings. Let us live to give our all because that is Christ's example...that is the will of the Father!