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Consumer or Contributor?

Let’s SOAP and Grow Together Today with John 2.

Scripture

John 2:14-16- “It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 In the Temple area he saw merchants selling cattle, sheep, and doves for sacrifices; he also saw dealers at tables exchanging foreign money. 15 Jesus made a whip from some ropes and chased them all out of the Temple. He drove out the sheep and cattle, scattered the money changers’ coins over the floor, and turned over their tables. 16 Then, going over to the people who sold doves, he told them, “Get these things out of here. Stop turning my Father’s house into a marketplace!”

Observation

The context of these verses are often misunderstood. Many people think that Jesus was upset because they were buying and selling in the temple. Actually what they were doing was providing a service to those who were traveling to Jerusalem and could not bring their sacrifices with them. The problem was not what they were doing but the heart behind it. They were over charging for their services and haggling over prices just like you would find in the city marketplaces. Jesus was saying that the House of God is not a place for seeing what you can get out a transaction but how we can serve one another. This reminds me of the attitude I must have when joining my church community. I must constantly watch my attitude and make sure I do not look at church for what I can get out of it. Rather, how can I serve my brothers and sisters in Christ? How can I honor God? How can I make a difference in the lives of those around me?

Application

When I attend church, I will focus on having the attitude of serving others not being served by others. I do not want to be a consumer but a contributor.

Prayer

Help me see others as a blessing and an opportunity to show your love.

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