Sun, Mar 15, 2020
This sermon, which takes its text from Mathew 15:10–20, teaches us the about the foundation of holiness, the basics of piety. Jesus’s profound lesson to his disciples makes it clear that we need not heed the teachings of transgressors. Those who reprimand for not adhering to their unscriptural teachings are not leading to holiness.
Here we learn that ritual cleansing is not how one becomes holy, for what goes in the mouth will soon be eliminated. Instead, what comes out of the mouth is indicative of the state of one’s heart. Holiness is observed in words spoken and behavior exhibited. A person who speaks words of encouragement, whose intentions are to be kind, show compassion, and ease another’s burdens clearly has a relationship with God. They are growing more dutiful to the Lord and doing his will.
We must pray not for the ability to religiously follow the practices and doctrine of the church, but for a clean heart. Oh, what a relief to know that giving up things in this Lenten season is not a requirement for piety. And, isn’t it good to know that even when we go astray, Jesus can fix our heart? His blood can make us new again, washing away our sin.
If you truly desire a heart for God, one that is pure, start with the basics of piety. The wisdom Jesus imparted to his disciples at Galilee will help to prepare you and strengthen you for a life of holy living.
Series:Be Holy: An Alternative View
Duration:25 mins 2 secs