Mankind often places great importance on frivolous things, which in God’s eyes are meaningless. For instance, it’s meaningless what style of clothes that you wear. It’s meaningless what kind of car you drive. It’s meaningless what kind of house or apartment you dwell. It’s meaningless what genre of music you listen to. Mankind often places focus on things that have no meaning, and then bring that kind of dogma into the church.
Jesus said to the Pharisees, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: Justice and Mercy and Faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone. Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!” (Matt 23:23-24).
Jesus said that they were precise in detail in doing small matters which the law had not expressly commanded, (paying tithes for herbs), while they omitted the greater things (Justice, Mercy, & Faith). They had forgotten justice to others, as magistrates, neighbors, and citizens by giving to all their just dues. They neglected to show compassion to the poor and needy. They were faithless because they showed no confidence in God.
Jesus said that the Jews took great pain to avoid breaking the minute’ matters, superstitiously observing the smallest points of the law, while they don’t even try to avoid great sins of hypocrisy, deceit, and oppression.
How often do many today keep the mechanics of the law of Christ, while neglecting the needs of fellow saints. They are quick to give their money for softer pews and softer preaching while neglecting the poor and needy saints.
Jesus knew that the multitudes followed him because he fed them, even so, he also fed them the bread of life. The church has many needs that need to be filled such as preaching and teaching of the gospel of Christ. However, if we neglect the needs of the saints, the church will have few to preach to except the rich and affluent.
Let us not be guilty of favoring the rich or affluent over the poor saints. Remember the words of the apostle James, “ Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?” (Jam 2:5-7).
Let us not be like the Pharisees who forgot Justice and Mercy and Faith, and the fact that mercy triumphs over judgment (Jam 2:13). Let us never forget the primary reason why the church takes up the contribution from the saints (1 Cor 16:1,2). Let us not forget the weightier matters of the law of Christ.