Don’t judge the Pharisees. We all have their tendencies.

“Some of the Pharisees said, ‘This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.’”  John 9:16.

Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading: Zephaniah 1-3, and John 9.

A blind man received his sight.  He had always been blind.  Had never seen daylight or his family.

Time of rejoicing, right!  Not for everybody.

Why would anyone be unhappy over the good fortune of this blind man?

The Pharisees found something unhappy in the event: It had happened on the Sabbath.  When Jesus made the mud and put it on the blind man’s eyes He had worked and that was sinful.

So in dwelling on the insignificant, the Pharisees had missed the significant.

I want to relate this thinking to the way believers worship on Sundays.  I was in a church today in which hands were raised and the music was loud.  There were “Amen’s” heard on numerous occasions.  My companion suggested afterwards that some of our friends would not have enjoyed such a service.  It saddened me to think that.  But like the Pharisees, we often elevate the insignificant while missing the significant.

Not all believers are alike.  If you are uncomfortable around those who choose to do things differently in worship, you need to take a close look at yourself.  Your approach to other believers is Pharisaic.  Get over it!

The Good News is that our sin problem has been taken care of.  We have a new life free from sin’s domination.  We have the Holy Spirit living in us and want to please Him as we prepare the earth for the Messiah’s return.  How those truths play out in a Sunday worship service is insignificant.  The significant thing is that the gathering is acting according to the Good News.  They are believers as we are.

“Lord, forgive me for drowning myself in minor details.  You are the Big Picture.  You have taken care of my sin problem.  You are coming back to earth.  Help me to live accepting the first and preparing for the second.  You are a great God.”

Do you worship the setting or God when you go to church?  Could you be comfortable if the music/preaching was different from what you’re used to?

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