Jesus asks some stunning questions. We don’t exactly know how to respond. Some days, there aren’t great answers. Jesus is waiting to hear what we think and say. His questions deserve an answer.
Jesus explains so many things to us. He challenges us to hear, really hear, what He is saying.
Jesus is blunt. He is straightforward. He really want us “to get it”. He has given us the Holy Spirit to help.
God’s goal for us is that we focus on our heart. It is all about our heart. That is the main thing.
May we listen and understand. It is important.
He said to them, “Are you also as lacking in understanding? Don’t you realize that nothing going into a person from the outside can defile him? For it doesn’t go into his heart but into the stomach and is eliminated” (thus he declared all foods clean). And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of people’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immoralities, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, evil actions, deceit, self-indulgence, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a person.” | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (Mk 7:18–23). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
I need to take heed and exam myself. It isn’t acceptable to just keep moving on and winging it when it comes to my faith. Am i just being willfully stupid? It is possible. It is a matter of my heart. Is my heart in the right place?
First Corinthians is a corrective and instructive letter from Paul to the church in Corinth. One of the issues Paul addresses is the manner in which the people were taking communion. Often a “love feast,” or fellowship meal, would accompany communion, meaning communion was more of an “event” than it is in many churches today.
How important is self-examination? First Corinthians 11:17–34 indicates that some were gorging themselves at the feast while others were left hungry. Some were even getting drunk. The people were not waiting for one another, nor were they appropriately sharing provisions—they ate the food they brought themselves, and, if someone couldn’t bring much, he did without. Separation between rich and poor was evident.
- 2 Corinthians 13:5 — Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus the Messiah is in you — unless indeed you fail the test?
- Haggai 1:5 —Now therefore, thus says the Master of hosts, “Consider your ways!“
- Psalm 4:4 — Tremble, and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
- Hebrews 3:12 — Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.
- Psalm 77:6 — I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart, And my spirit ponders.
- Haggai 1:7 — Thus says the Master of hosts, “Consider your ways!“
- 1 Corinthians 11:28 — But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
- Haggai 2:15 — ‘But now, do consider from this day onward: before one stone was placed on another in the temple of the Master,
- Haggai 2:18 — ‘Do consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month; from the day when the temple of the Master was founded, consider.