PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

2/19/2020

MISJUDGING EYES

If you get smoke in our eyes it’s very difficult to see clearly. Smoke in your eyes is like our in-born selfishness, it prevents you from making correct judgments and decisions. You look at what is good and distort its purpose, you look at something beautiful and misjudge its value.

Matthew 6:2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. Jesus wants us to give to the needy for this is a good thing and in doing so we give to Him. However, in our giving some will misjudge the purpose of such generosity. Many religious leaders in Jesus’ day gave in such a way as to call attention to themselves for their “good deeds.” They wanted the praise of men instead of the praise of God.

On the flip side those who follow Jesus Christ see good works as opportunities to serve and help others. There are no ulterior motives for rewards or recognition. What does our old sinful nature tell us? We must do good works in order to be rewarded with eternal life. What we really need is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

With only a few days before Jesus’ crucifixion he is a guest at Simon’s dinner party, when an uninvited guest barged in, broke open a jar of perfume and dumped it on Jesus’ head. The flask of ointment was very expensive. We are told it was more than 300 denarii or approximately $30,00.00. Simon’s guests were outraged at the intruder’s wastefulness. It could have been sold and given to help the poor. But these guests had misjudging eyes, unlike Jesus. He recognized her intention and saw it as beautiful. Unbeknown to her she was anointing Jesus for his burial. The poor you will always have but not the Son of God. As he was about to pour out his precious blood for sinners like you and me this uninvited guest was pouring out precious ointment as an expression of love and surrender.

Her good work, as clumsy and unexpected as it was had been misjudged by all. Sometimes our good work is misjudged by others or we misjudge others because we assume the worst or we misjudge the individual’s motive. This dinner guest gave what she had and wasn’t looking for recognition or praise, just expressing love and compassion. What is your motive for doing good to others?

 

Pr. Bob Snitzer

By the Way:  Today, 3:30.   Confirmation.

6:30PM Bible Study. Anyone is welcome.

Sunday 23 , 9:00 Morning worship.  Sermon:  God or no God

10:15 Sunday School for all ages

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