More Than Giving

Is it important to you to give to charities? Is it important to you to give to the church? Do you strictly adhere to giving ten percent? How well are you at administering justice? How well do you show mercy. Does your faithfulness meet God’s expectations?

Many of us give to charities. We often give money to support children’s relief and support efforts. We give to support abused women. We give to help our veterans. We give to support a wide variety of people in need. There is nothing wrong with any of that. It is good we do.

But Jesus tells the crowd and the leadership that isn’t enough. We are also to administer justice. How do we administer justice? In the little things. It’s not all about the legal definition of justice but about doing what is right in the situation. Godly justice is about doing what we can to help those in need.

Jesus also tells the crowd they are to show mercy. Mercy is more than merely feeling sorry for someone. It is helping them in their time of need. It is about forgiving them when they do wrong. It is about coming alongside them and lovingly helping them understand how to improve their lives.

All of this is to be done through our faith in Jesus. Our faith has to be more than mere belief. It needs to be an active faith, one that causes us to take action. This kind of faith is what allows us to administer justice and mercy. It is through an active faith that we can carry out the work God desires us to do.

I pray we all desire to administer justice. I pray we seek to show mercy to others. I pray each one of us seek to grow our faith, have an active faith, and carry out the work God has set aside for us. Administer justice. Show mercy. Grow your faith. Make your faith be active. Do not stop giving.

Matthew 23:23-24 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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