“Then Jesus went to Capernaum, a town in Galilee,
and taught there in the synagogue every Sabbath day.
There, too, the people were amazed at his teaching,
for he spoke with authority.”
Luke 4:31, 32
Wherever Jesus went, people loved his teaching and invited him to stay and teach in their synagogues. Soon he got kicked out—even from his own hometown—because he had the audacity to tell his fellow Jews to live what the Torah taught.
Here’s a dangerous illusion: To think because you hear it, understand it, and appreciate it, you’re somehow living it. Being in good standing in a good church doesn’t always mean you’re living a godly life. Many churches are safe zones where you can and act like a Christian when you’re there. But outside the church it’s not always easy to maintain your integrity and godly character. It’s difficult to be a real Christian in the real world.
As a first generation Christian who started reading the Bible in my adult life, I’ve met many knowers, but few doers. The knowers often like to get noticed and promoted to places of recognition. The doers focus on living a God-centered life, whether others notice or not.
Jesus went into the house of God to teach. But in the real world he lived what he taught. That’s where you and I need to live.