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Mark 7:1-23

Show me Jesus, Father, and show others the Jesus in me.

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Reality … genuineness … truth … these traits are found in Your example, Lord Jesus.  You set forth Truth as the reality for living a genuine life devoted to You.  You exposed meaningless traditions and acts that were not intended to be part of Your kingdom.

This passage is so vividly conveyed in the paraphrase called The Message:  “Jesus answered, ‘Isaiah was right about frauds like You, hit the bull’s-eye in fact:  ‘These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their heart isn’t in it.  They act like they are worshipping me, but they don’t mean it.  They just use me as a cover for teaching whatever suits their fancy, ditching God’s command and taking up the latest fads.’ …You get rid of God’s command so you won’t be inconvenienced in following the religious fashions! … You scratch out God’s Word and scrawl a whim in its place …” (7:6-8, 13 MSG)

Father, teach me how to be real always and to be found doing Your will in Your way, not adhering to some human “religious fashion.”

Later in this passage, The Message puts it this way: “… Listen now, all of you — take this to heart.  It’s not what you swallow that pollutes your life; it’s what you vomit — that’s the real pollution” (7:15 MSG).

Father, fill my heart with the things of You, so that what comes out doesn’t pollute the lives around me.  Let Your joy be my joy.  Let Your peace be my peace.  Let Your love be my love.  Make me just like Jesus.  Amen.

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