“And He said to those who sold doves. “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” [John 3:16]
We sometimes get the impression that things are worse than they were years ago, but even in the time of Jesus greed and corruption had entered into the temple, the most ‘religious’ of places. Any place man gathers there will be seeds of corruption because man himself is corrupt. The saying “what you do speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you say” confirms that only what man does, not what he says, reveals the truth. Only the humble will recall…
1] That without God each of us is not only corrupt, but corrupts others.
2] What we have been saved from is not so much our deeds, but ourselves, until God by His grace reached down to us.
3] What darkness did to us was because darkness was in us, we belonged to it. “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord…” [Ephesians 5:8]
Being reminded of the truth that darkness was ‘who we were’ and sin was not what we did, but the very fabric and nature of our being not only humbles us but protects us. When allowed to govern our thinking provides great grace. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” [1 Peter 5:5-7]
Further Reading: Romans 8; Titus 3; 1 Peter 5:5-11