Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 9:14-15 (NKJV) Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.
What truth is revealed? Solomon said it this way: “There is a time and a season for every purpose on earth.” (Ecclesiastes 3:1) Without that understanding the religious person is in danger of becoming overbearing and sanctimonious; which describes the general attitude of the Pharisees. Jesus put the Pharisees on notice that their criticism concerning the lack of fasting was misguided. Jesus was with His disciples; it was the proper season to rejoice. The time would come soon enough, when Jesus would be gone, and His disciples would be fasting.
What can we learn from this story? Live in the moment. Make sure that you are walking in the purposes of God, making the most of each opportunity. There is a proper time for the prayer closet and there is a proper time to sing and dance. Make sure that the actions of your life are appropriate for the occasion. That is one of the differences in being a follower of Christ and being a religious person.
How can I apply this story to my life? It is easy for me, as a pastor to “fall” into a religious role, where I do the religious “stuff” religiously. This can lead to a serious disconnect from real life and real people. I need to be more like Jesus, who knew when it was time to weep; when it was time to pray; when it was time to fast; and when it was time to celebrate.
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As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.