“Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew [5:19]
Have you ever told a white lie? My guess is that you have, and so has everyone else. We tend to justify these white lies by saying that they aren’t really hurting anyone. Or we make it seem small because it’s just a small lie.
God’s Word teaches us this is incorrect thinking.
We tend to wage sins by their weight and effects on others. We would absolutely say murder is wrong and we should not do it but we are ok with gossiping about a person we know or lying to our spouse about getting late night Taco Bell or how much we spent at a store.
In this verse from Matthew’s Gospel, we see Jesus giving us a clear command that every law is important no matter how small and insignificant it may seem. He says that anyone who relaxes, or sees a commandment as not important, is called least in the Kingdom of God.
Jesus is calling us to see all His commands whether they be small or big as important. God deserves our obedience because He is Our Savior no matter what the command—regardless of how big or small it may seem.
Father in Heaven, help me to be faithful to your commands. Thank you for sending your Son to fulfill the law when we could not. Let me see sin for what it is, an offense to you. Give me the strength to obey you even when it’s not easy. Amen.