Tuesday, 18 May 2021
Title: Practise What We Preach
By: Shaun Ling
Text: Matthew 23: 1-3

“Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So, you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practise what they preach.”

In my work as a lawyer, I have found that many witnesses testifying under oath will readily tell lies or half-truths. It does not seem to make any difference if they are religious or not. They can swear by their holy book before testifying and almost immediately tell an outright lie.

If you are a Christian, have you ever reflected if we, like the Pharisees, “do not practise what (we) preach?” Remember, what defines us as Christians is not just our proclamation of faith but our behaviour. We can put meaningful messages of faith on Facebook or Instagram, go to church weekly or even serve in ministry but in other aspects of our life, there could well be a great mismatch. We encourage others to be honest and to live a life modelled after Jesus and yet, we do not live up to that clarion call. When you fill in your tax forms, do you do it honestly? When you surf the net, do you “accidentally” view things that you shouldn’t? When you speak to the security guards or waitress, do you speak to them graciously or get angry when they make a mistake? Do we insult our leaders on social media or call them names?

Man judges by outward appearance but God searches the heart. What we do and how we relate to others matter to God. We are really, what we are inwardly. Outward motives may keep the outside clean while the inside is filthy; but if the heart and spirit be made new, there will be newness of life and here, we must begin with ourselves.

Yes, we are plagued by deceitful hearts (see Mark 7:21-23) and temptations. Yes, we fail many times to glorify God in our actions. Yes, we are imperfect and are work in progress. But, do we stop, reflect and ask how we can glorify God daily in our words and actions? I must say, I struggle with trying to live my life for Him every so often. Maybe more often than I care to admit.

Perhaps, this week, we can all pledge to practise what we preach and “live a life worthy of the calling (we) have received” (Ephesians 4:1).


Father, we confess that we have failed You on many occasions. Yet, You are gracious and merciful. Help us Lord, we ask, that Your Holy Spirit fill us with all things that are of You and that we will live our lives in a way that is pleasing to You. Amen

星期三, 2021年5月18日



如果您是一位基督徒,您有没有想过,我们是否像法利赛人一样,“能说不能行?” 请记住,将我们定义为基督徒的不仅仅是我们对信仰的宣告,还有我们的行为。我们可以在脸书(Facebook)或即时电报(Instagram)上发布有意义的有关信仰的信息、每周去教会,甚至参与事奉,但在我们生活的其他方面,很可能有着严重的不相称。我们鼓励别人诚实,生活以耶稣为榜样,然而,我们却没有践行这号召。当您填写税务表格时,您诚实吗?当您上网浏览时,您是不是 “无意间” 看了不该看的东西?当您和保安或女服务员交谈时,您是礼貌地和他们说话,或是在他们犯错时生气?我们在社交媒体上辱骂我们的领袖,或讥讽他们吗?