Here’s something for all Christian leaders who have been in the system long enough to understand that workings and procedures. We know the phrasing and words to say to justify ourselves, but at the end of the day, it’s all about our heart’s motive.
Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
This is what I call the “Holy Excuse”; using something biblical to cover up something else carnal.
We did not work hard to grow the group – God is testing us in perservance
I don’t want to get out of my comfort zone – I do not sense God’s calling for me
I want to hang out more with the opposite gender – I like to fellowship
I don’t want to do it now – It’s not yet God’s timing
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
No wonder God judges the heart.