Hmmm….good question that we’d rarely ask ourselves. It was born out of a question I felt the Holy Spirit prompted in me to search myself. To answer that question we probably need to have a correct understanding of what a pharisee is.
A pharisee was a member of an ancient Jewish sect, distinguished by strict observance of the traditional and written law, and commonly held to have pretensions to superior sanctity.
So when the Holy Spirit asked me that question at first I was shocked and a little offended, but I also have a long enough track record with the Holy Spirit to A) Not stay offended and B) Know that He wasn’t asking me because He was looking for information. He was telling me in a kind way….Patrick you are a pharisee.
Now I wouldn’t view myself as a pharisee (I’m certainly not part of an ancient Jewish sect 🙂 ) or consider myself to be “holier than thou”, but that’s not what the Holy Spirit ended up showing me….(btw., when the Holy Spirit speaks to us, we should search out what He’s trying to tell us.)
I was reading in Matthew 12 a couple days later and as I was reading this passage I was reminded of the question again. “Are you a pharisee?”
The pharisees had their rules, traditions, and their interpretation of the law which Jesus broke, but Jesus never broke the law.
So here I am in the first few verses of chapter 12 (read it yourself) and the Holy Spirit began to speak to me about how there are times when I value schedule, process, rules over people. Jesus always valued people over tradition and made up rules. I never would have thought that I valued these thing above people, but because of busyness that has happened and He was pulling me out of that pharisaical place that I had so easily wandered into. I’m so thankful for the Holy Spirit leading and guidance to speak to me.
So my question to you is: Do you value your schedule, your process, your tradition, your rules over people? If so, what is the Holy Spirit speaking to you?
I’d love to hear. Let’s start a conversation. We’re better together!