The Kingdom of God is more than doing all the right things. If that were the case the Scribes and Pharisees would have been role models for all of us. But instead we see Jesus severely rebuking them.
What Did Jesus Teach?
The Kingdom of God: It's More Than Doing All the Right Things
In the last video we were talking about the two priorities that Jesus told us to seek after. The first priority we should seek for is to have God’s rule over our lives so that we can fulfill the purpose we were made for. That’s what Jesus meant when he told us to seek first the Kingdom of God.
Our second priority is to seek for God’s righteousness – the kind of righteous behavior that we see demonstrated in Christ’s life. It’s much more than just doing all the right things. If that were the case, the Scribes and the Pharisees of Jesus’ time would have been role models for us. They earnestly studied the Torah or God’s law and expounded it. Then, they wrote even more laws to help them be accepted by God. But just listen to the words that Jesus had to say about the scribes and the Pharisees.
<VIDEO CLIP – Matthew 23:23-26>
In one blistering rebuke after another Jesus tells us why the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was hypocrisy. They were great at preaching -- but didn’t practice what they preached themselves. They did things to be seen by men and gain their approval rather than God’s approval. They were known to emphasize the “lighter” matters of the law while neglecting the more important parts. In other words they majored in the minors.
And for all their good show of piety the Pharisees dearly loved their money and property although they would have been quick to deny that. They liked to appear righteous in public but their hearts were far from God. And Jesus knew this because he WAS God.
So, if our first priority is to invite God’s rule and authority over our lives, then our second priority is to seek for the kind of love for God and men that Jesus demonstrated. And in our seeking we’ll find it’s something we can’t do on our own but is something God has for us to receive.