Traditions vs. obedience

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“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions” (Mark 7:8).

Traditions are actions we do just because we have always done them. In fact, we have done them so often that we have made it a “law” on how things should be done. Holidays are usually full of traditions. For example, at Christmas many people put up a Christmas tree. Is a Christmas tree necessary to celebrate Christmas? No, but many would feel like something was missing if the tree was not lit up. It has become a tradition. Would that same feeling be felt if Jesus were missing from the Christmas celebration?

Traditions are fine until they take us from what we are to be doing in obeying God. If we are to worship the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind, but instead are worshipping the tradition, this is wrong. If we have a tradition of how the worship service at church needs to be, yet don’t love our neighbor as they come in looking different than us and desiring a different style, it is wrong. We are worshipping the tradition rather than obeying the command of God. It’s all a matter of the heart.

Prayer: I thank you, Lord, for your commands and pray that I may not overlook them for a tradition I have established. I pray that I let go of any tradition that comes between you and me. Amen

Faith Tip: Think about traditions you may have and see if any are taking you away from obeying God.

2 thoughts on “Traditions vs. obedience

  1. Kathy, thanks so much for this article.. again, i am challenged to think about how i am serving my Lord. i appreciate it!

  2. I grew up with the King James and I compare what I read and hear with what I remember. Beck translated Matt 12 :39 ” This wicked and unfaithful generation seeks a sign…”. Because we traditionally connect marital unfaithfulness with the word adultery, I traditionally wondered if all the accusers were wife cheaters. His use of a different word snapped my thoughts to the definition of adultery and topic passages like this one. It was a mind opener. The adultery laws of Michigan refer to unfaithfully following the contents written for foods like hot dogs, that is adding chicken to all beef hot dogs.

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