In Matthew 15 Jesus is going around and around with His disciples going around and around with the Pharisees. The Disciples of Jesus are still being controlled by what people say about them and (think about them). The tendency on the part of the Disciples to be controlled by what people say and think of them wouldn’t get itself under control until after: 1. Jesus’ death sentence, crucifixion, resurrection, appearances, and accession. 2. The Day of Pentecost (laid out in Acts 2). 3. Their own testimonies, complete with their own persecutions and martyrdoms.
Back to Matthew 15: In verse 12 the Disciples to Jesus: “Do you know the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”
Jesus response back to the Disciples (taking full advantage of a powerful teaching moment in verse 13): “EVERY PLANT THAT MY HEAVENLY FATHER HAS NOT PLANTED WILL BE PULLED UP BY THE ROOTS.”
I assume we are all “plants.” Jesus’ teaching is that not every “plant” that is planted was/is planted by God.
How do we know which plants (Christian lives) are planted by God and which are planted by the flesh? IT BECOMES OBVIOUS THROUGH WHICH PEOPLE CARRY OFFENSE, CARRY SENSITIVITIES, CARRY HURTS, with them when they need to be casting their burdens upon Christ.
There is a common tendency for the Church to baby the babies who are offended, sensitive and hurt. People carry the offense of others and spread the pain to still more people. People “circle the wagons” and build that circle of offense to prove their point of why they were hurt. Still others try to prove the righteousness of their offense. ALL OF THESE ARE SIMPLY GAMES OF THE FLESH THE DEVIL USES AGAINST THE BODY OF CHRIST TO TEAR DOWN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE!
In our WWJD culture (what would Jesus do?)–we speak FOR Jesus as if He would baby the babies. Babying the babies is so common place that the Church creates vast heretical teachings, Worship Songs, Church ministries that tend and mend wounds that Jesus Christ already provided atonement for.
For those of you who are offended–TURN YOUR LIFE OVER TO CHRIST.
For those of you wounded–BY HIS STRIPES YOU ARE HEALED!
For those of you hurt–WALK BY FAITH NOT BY SIGHT!
The last thing we need to be wasting our time on is to “mediate” between offended people. Jesus suffered enough already and is the right hand of the Father to intercede on our behalf. Ask forgiveness of others–and ask forgiveness from God and be made whole! Quit walking in your offense.
Offenses and wounds become our “pet” that we prance around to be noticed by others. Instead we should consider a spirit of offense SHAMEFUL in the sight of God.
Whininess and complaining are the manifest fruit of wounded and hurt believers in Christ. Other Christians who harbor and tolerate that kind of behavior of fellow Christians are what Jesus called…..wait…..for….it……: BLIND GUIDES (Matthew 15:14).
Jesus said: “Leave them. They are blind guides. If a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”
It is a tragedy the amount of Christians today who are wounded, offended and touchy. Further–fellow Christians who tolerate the wounded, offended and touchy by repeating the offenses and slandering others with their gossip and slander. (Blind guides)
Jesus needs us to toughen up! He needs us to go down deep. He needs us not to be wounded and offended by what others say and do. He needs us to wake up and realize we are unrepentant babies.
Jesus needs us to be planted in HIM–not planted in the flesh, not planted in the spirit of the world, not planted in the acceptance of what people say or think. PLANTED DEEPLY IN HIM.
Those planted by the Heavenly Father don’t get rattled or uprooted by being offended, hurt or sensitive to what others say. Those planted by the Heavenly Father have actually read all the way down to the end of this blog and are challenged by the Word of God enough to say: “The only thing that truly matters in my life is for my life to be planted by the Heavenly Father!”
This is my prayer and hope for my own spiritual life–and invite you to join me in it.