“Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19 HCSB
We have all heard the quote, “Practice what you preach.” Here are a few more quotes with the same theme: “Too many people talk the talk, but few actually walk the walk.” “Just because you talk about Jesus doesn’t mean you get a ticket to heaven.” “Learn before you try to teach.” “Sometimes people need to take their own advice.”
The Pharisees of Jesus’ time were great teachers of the Laws of God but so many of them did not follow what they taught. Jesus taught His disciples to practice what they taught. Just like the Pharisees, there are too many people in the world today who try to look and pretend to be religious and holy but whose lives do not reflect a real change in their hearts.
Challenge: Practice what you preach or teach. God knows your heart and your reward in heaven will be a reflection of your heart here on earth. Will you be called least or great in the kingdom of heaven?