The Weightier Matters

I remember when I was moving into my new house in Philly last October and I invited a bunch of people over to help me move. I sent out a general invitation to a bunch of people, but I also specifically asked a few  friends who are big and strong to help as well.  There were some heavy and weighty items that needed to get moved into the house and I had these folks in mind. Funny thing is, there always seems to be that one person who you asked to come because you wanted them to carry the heavy stuff, and instead they are carrying the lightest stuff out of the truck, while some of the ladies are slaving over heavy items as they break their backs. Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for every item that gets taken off the truck, everything needs to get inside the house.  Nonetheless, there are some main pieces that need to be moved that I had in mind for that person to move.

Christians have often done the same thing, we miss completely what God desires from us, and are all worried about the little stuff. God has called us to do Justice and show mercy, and we completely ignore those parts of the faith. We completely miss the weightier matters of our faith, because we are too busy majoring the minors.

Matthew 23:23
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.”


  1. aliceatredeemer · January 30, 2009

    That is so true. The heavy stuff is just so, well, heavy. I don’t want to do it, but more than that, I don’t trust myself not to drop it.

  2. Freestyle Theologian · February 4, 2009

    Very true… it often seems BIGGER than what we can handle, however the question we all must wrestle with is if it is not us who will carry it, then who?

    I know for the black community, many have turned to Islam because they are actually willing to address these concerns that contemporary Christians have labeled the Social Gospel, and won’t touch.

  3. notesalongthepath · October 7, 2009

    Keep on reminding us, Drew! It’s so easy to get caught up in the world.

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