PRACTICE WHAT YOU
The Pharisees were condemned by Christ, not
because they preached the wrong doctrines or heresies but, because they did
not practice the right doctrines they were preaching.
When a doctrine or a command is given by
one who does not practice what he preaches, the teaching is difficult, if
not impossible, to put into practice. What makes it a great burden is the
fact that the one who preaches does not follow it himself.
On the other hand, when a teaching or a
command is given by one who practices what he preaches, the command is easy
to execute due to the good example of the preacher.
He who preaches without practicing what he
preaches is laying a heavy burden on others. He who practices what he
preaches gives a burden that is light and sweet.
Practicing what one preaches is commonly
called good works; it is what is required for salvation.
At the last judgment, God will not judge
man by the evil he did; but by the good he did not do: "I was hungry
and you did not give me to eat." He who preaches but does not practice
what he preaches is one who preaches good but does not do good. The
"practice" is what counts. "Not all who say, Lord, Lord. . .
but he who does the will of my Father in heaven."
Why did the Pharisees do their seemingly
good works? For love of honor: "They love the places of honor and
greetings. . .Rabbi." They exerted much effort to be called spiritual
fathers but have fathered no one spiritually.
They wished to be called spiritual teachers
but have not taught anyone spiritually. It is God who really fathers and
teaches, so even if others address you with such titles, do not exert effort
to be called so. He who practices what he preaches will produce good
disciples; he who does not practice will receive woes in that their
disciples will easily be inclined to evil.