As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard and to provoke him to speak about many things, lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say. Luke 11:53-54
The scribes and the Pharisees were not interested in what Jesus was teaching or who Jesus was, they were interested only in trying to catch Jesus in error. I wonder what would have happened to the world if instead of trying to trip Jesus up they instead listened to His teachings and took them to heart. However, they were more interested in keeping their control over the people than finding out about God’s Messiah.
Today some are too interested in keeping power and control over the churches they lead rather than preaching and teaching God’s Word. It would be nice if we could just blame the pastors but the congregation bears responsibility also. Too often we place our pastors, ministers and priests on pedestals. We become more interested in who is speaking rather than what is or is not being taught. Those who leads congregations need to held accountable and none should be placed above God.
We can get so caught up in numbers that we forget why we go to church. A home church of ten or so that faithfully teaches God’s Word is doing more for His kingdom that a mega church that sees thousands pass through its doors that spend its time dazzling the crowd with light shows and running twelve step programs from the pulpit. God is not interested in how many proclaim Him with their mouths but reject Him with their actions. God wants us to totally commit to Him and bring others to Him. God would rather have ten committed worshipers rather than ten thousand looking for a place to hang out for an hour or so on Sunday.
Have a blessed day,