The Upward Look
© Copyright 2012, Max D. Hutto,
“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20 NIV
The Pharisees and scribes had an outward righteousness. They taught that one must obey God’s Word. Their words and deeds were good. However, their motives were wrong. They did good things because they wanted the approval of man and the power and prestige that comes through position. Jesus declares that His disciples must have a greater righteousness of doing things that please, glorify, and honor God. They must say and do good things but with the right motive. The thesis for the whole Sermon on the Mount is that righteousness goes beyond the action to the attitude (the motive), beyond the conduct to the character (the heart).
Lord Jesus, I want to do the right thing for the right reason. I desire to honor You with all I say and do.
May 11, 2012
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