“DON’T SQUEEZE THE TOMATOES!”

“Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long”.  Matthew 23:5 NIV

Read:  Matthew 23:1-12

In order to check the quality of fruits and vegetables we may ‘squeeze’ them checking for firmness.  We may also judge the quality of these fruits and vegetables by color, size or weight.   With experience, we may be able to determine the quality of which is best.

What about the quality of your faith?   Are you worth squeezing?   Would squeezing you reveal your quality?   No one can judge the quality of your spiritual faith by color, size or weight.

You cannot judge the quality of others’ spiritual walk by their outward appearance as well.  You can’t determine Godly qualities by squeezing or by their visual appearance.   It is like the old expression; you can’t judge a book by its cover.

What we display outward may or may not be an indicator of who we are or of our true walk with GOD…but it should be.  We should project an image of a strong Christian walking this life as CHRIST would have us.  Others should know we are Christians by our words, actions and appearance.

JESUS cautioned the pharisees of their outward appearance.  They were prepared to be visually ‘squeezed’.   Their garments contained the appropriate tassels with phylacteries (small prayer boxes).   They looked good but did not have the grace of GOD.

Are you ripe in your faith or do others need to ‘squeeze’ you to know if you are ripe in your faith?

Today’s prayer:  “LORD MY GOD, Thank YOU for being with me in my walk with YOU.  Help me be the person You want me to be and to display myself as YOU would have.  Amen.”