Knowing What is Right Yet Getting it Wrong

There is an old Japanese legend that tells of a man who died and went to heaven. Heaven was beautiful full of lush gardens and glittering mansions.  But then the man came to a room lined with shelves.  On the shelves were stacked piles of human ears!  A heavenly guide explained that these ears belonged to all the people on earth who listened each week to the word of God, but never acted on God's teachings.  Their worship never resulted in action.  When these people died, therefore, only their ears ended up in heaven.

Jesus often dealt with a bunch of "earless" religious folk and it would be to our benefit to reflect on the conversations.  It can be so easy to mistake self-righteous attitudes for true living belief in Jesus as Saviour.

Any one of us can be guilty of it.