Today’s Reading | Romans 2:17-29
Practice What You Preach
How is Paul’s message in today’s reading true of Christians today? Do you notice any similarities between your church and these Jews? Paul criticized the Jews for an attitude that is not only wrong, but one which could cost them eternity. They thought that because they were Jews by birth, it gave them certain privileges. They were Jews who were familiar with the law; therefore they believed that their knowledge gave them a relationship with God which made them superior to others. They felt that they had the right to instruct others and even guide people in issues of life. But Paul revealed the error of their attitude. Just because the knowledge they claimed was God’s truth, it had not changed them. They taught that it was wrong to steal, but they stole. They bragged about their relationship with God, yet dishonored Him with their actions. Christians often have this same attitude. They feel superior to others because they “know” the truth. They talk as if they have a relationship with God, yet live lives no differently than the unbelievers who surround them. Would this described you?
In what ways are Christians like the Jews in today’s reading?
Why is it so easy for Christians to fall into this trap?
What can you do to prevent this kind of attitude from developing in your own heart or in the hearts of others?
In light of this passage, what personal commitment can you make?