Matthew Chapter 12:1-14
Can you do the right thing even when it is wrong? In this scripture, Jesus gives a solid, yes! One thing I love about Jesus is that he rarely answers a question directly. In school we were taught, never to answer a question WITH a question, we were taught that it was rude. But as we see in the scripture, Jesus doesn’t allow the Pharisees to just ask anything without getting clarity.
I’m going to paraphrase here but “Hey! Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” Jesus and his disciples were gathering grain, “working” and Jesus decides to heal a man with a shriveled-up hand. You know just a normal day being the son of God, nothing major. And instead of getting upset, Jesus asked them, "Well, being the Pharisees I’m sure you know that King David did the same thing on the Sabbath. Oh! and you should know that even if a priest does the same thing, we still consider him innocent."
So, he is pointing out the hypocrisy in the question like “So.... it is okay for them, but not for me?” And he goes on to ask “Okay…y’all say I shouldn’t heal this man because it is working on the Sabbath, but let me ask you, if one of your sheep falls into a pit, are you going to just leave it there and not work to get it out because it is the Sabbath? “Okay then…that's what I thought...so now, don’t you think a man is more valuable than a sheep? So, if you are willing to help a sheep, I should be able to heal a man? Let me make it plain “It is lawful to do good on the Sabbath”
When it comes to our finances, sometimes the most practical way is not the best way to do things. When it comes to managing our debt, we have a couple of ways to reduce credit card debt. Either by paying the least amount of interest over time or eliminating the most lines of credit as soon as possible. The former is preferred, mathematically. You pay the card with the highest interest rate, regardless of the balance, and boom, you pay less interest.
But sometimes we need that small win. Paying that Brooks Brother’s credit card with a $2,000 balance and a 2% interest rate may not be the smartest thing to do, when you have a $20,000 balance and paying an 18% interest rate. But that small win of getting that Brooks Brother credit card off of your shoulders may be a moral victory. Therefore, even though mathematically it is wrong, it is still right.
So today, I want you see your finances as Jesus so the law, there is the right way, and then there is the right way for you.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that I will seek the greatest good in all situations. I will not allow how things should be done affect how they will be done by me. I seek your guidance and pray you give me discernment during my times of need.
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