(The following verses are in reference to Scribes and Pharisees.) This is what God gave me today in His word:
You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred? (Matthew 23:17)
Which is greater? Sometimes it seems like we today no longer know. Is the seemingly “gold” works we do of any worth, or does the one who turns our filthy rags of “works” into gold more important? It can be easy to lose sight of Christ when we focus on how “shiny” our own filthy rags are.
Pride is another thing which blinds a Christian. If we look too long at what we consider to be the sparkling glint of our “golden” works, we’ll eventually go Spiritually blind with pride. Worse yet, our twisted psyche often times thinks we’re justified in our pride! i.e. I did such-and-such, therefore, logically, I must be a good person. The problem with this is, good works don’t make for a good person. Because, no matter how good someone may act for a time, anyone with a sin nature; who has not been saved by Christ, will eventually return to sin. As Peter puts it:
22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,”[g] and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.” (2 Peter 2:22)
It’s very possible to appear clean and washed, while all the while wanting and desiring to wallow int he mud of sin. Desires are really what make the difference: when Jesus crucified our sin nature on the cross, He also gave us the desire to serve God.-He gave us the desire to produce “gold” which He would make sacred. Our flesh; our Earthly body, still wants to sin, but our desires have been changed.
The point being this: we should get our eyes off of what we do, and focus on why we do it: because Jesus’ blood has changed our wants and desires.
You are Loved!