By Jim Bullington
Know my habits; know my heart! This
proverb was never more evident than it was in the life of
Jesus when He returned to His hometown of Nazareth. “So He
came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His
custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day,
and stood up to read” (Luke 4:16-17).
I recently heard a nationally renowned
speaker say that he could discern the values that any person
holds dear if he had access to only two documents. And, what
are these two documents that hold the secrets of a man’s
heart? According to the speaker, they are his checkbook and
his daily planner. From these two sources, he could
determine how a person spends his time and how he spends his
money. In that sense, I concluded that the speaker was
correct! Everything that is truly important to me is
reflected in my checkbook and my planner.
Jesus had habits just like everyone else.
By carefully noting the text cited above, we gain insight
into the values that Jesus held dear. Note that He went into
the synagogue on the Sabbath days “as His custom was.” The
obvious import of this passage is that Jesus had, over a
long process of time, developed the habit of going into the
synagogue for the express purpose of worship on the Sabbath.
His custom was one developed of His own volition and not by
force of another. In the synagogue He could associate with
others who respected God’s laws and shared His view of their
importance. He could read from the inspired Scriptures,
God’s Divine source of wisdom. He could discuss how the
Scriptures applied to His own life and to the lives of those
about Him. The fact that Jesus habitually visited the
synagogue on a weekly basis reveals much about the character
I have heard people argue, “I can be a
Christian without going to church every Sunday!” Usually I
have heard this line in defense of one’s habit of not
attending church services. With Jesus’ custom of attending
the synagogue in view, I wonder if an informed person would
make this argument to Jesus? I hardly think so! Why not?
Because everyone knows - “Know my habits; Know my heart!”
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