Not a Religious Imposter

“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.”

–          Matthew 5:23-24


“When Jesus drives something home to you through His Word, don’t try to evade it. If you do, you will become a religious impostor. Examine the things you tend simply to shrug your shoulders about, and where you have refused to be obedient, and you will know why you are not growing spiritually. As Jesus said, “First…go….” Even at the risk of being thought of as fanatical, you must obey what God tells you.”

–          Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest


The Scripture above is from the Sermon on the Mount, specifically where Jesus talks about “Murder” or calling someone a “fool”, etc.  He throws these two verses into the middle of that section, ending with examples of making things right.  Although regarding our gift to that altar, you could expand that to anything that has not been reconciled with our ‘brother or sister’, not just debts due to anger.  Of course, the reference to brother and sister can reference to our family relations or our church family.  In the Thai culture, your work associates are family.


But then again, Chambers’ first statement could apply to anything that Jesus told us to do.  It need not be restricted to “First go…”  Wait, let me think.  That even includes the Great Commission.


For procrastinators out there, procrastination is a by-product of a choice preference.  It is not that you cannot do it now; you simply prefer to choose to put it off.  You are more comfortable with that.  Some people get antsy if something isn’t completed.  Other people are quite comfortable, in fact blissful, in a room full of half finished projects.  Yet, both of these groups can operate in the other realm.  At first it may be uncomfortable, but I don’t think Jesus was comfortable when He died for us.


The time is short.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow.


Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.


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  1. Amen! Only to God be the glory, Mark.

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