A Flexible Heart
In Matthew 12, Jesus is walking with his disciples on a Sunday (Sabbath). In those days it was very strictly illegal to do anything other than church on a Sunday. The Pharisees (the one’s who really despise Jesus and are trying their best to plot his death) see the disciples eating some grain from the fields. As they see this, they shout to Jesus how his very own disciples are breaking the Sabbath rules.
Jesus responds saying,
Matthew 12:6-8 – “There is far more at stake here than religion. If you had any idea what this Scripture meant – ‘I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual‘ – you wouldn’t be nitpicking like this.
Jesus then continued to heal a man’s hand (which is also considered illegal on a Sunday). When the Pharisees questioned him again, He responded…
Matthew 12:11-14 – “Is there any person here who, finding one of your lambs fallen into a ravine, wouldn’t, even though it was a Sabbath, pull it out?”
Sometimes we become so stuck in our own routines. So stuck on our own “rituals” that we forget to look around. It’s easy to live in your every-day tunnel.
I love Jesus’ flexible heart. I love how whatever He’s doing and wherever He is going, He has time for people. He has time to pray over them and heal them. He has time to stop and answer people’s questions. He has time to teach and lead them. He isn’t too busy.
Make room in your life for you to be slightly more flexible. Don’t be too consumed in everything that needs to be done. Don’t miss something valuable that God can show you, teach you and lead you to.
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