Donna Westrate

READ : Matthew 3:1-12

In seeking after righteousness, it is appropriate to focus our attention on self examination. To truly experience the wonder, love and the supreme sacrifice of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we need to be aware of our own sinfulness.

When Jesus was actively engaged in His ministry on earth, the Pharisees and Sadducees were the religious leaders. They truly believed themselves to be good people, keepers of the law and examples of a “godly” life. If we examine ourselves, we can identify with them in many ways. We try to obey the Ten Commandments and attend church regularly, but are we truly aware of our own sinfulness and need of a Savior?

The Pharisees continuously criticized Jesus and His teachings because He showed them that a “godly” life was so much more than “going through the motions.” He stated that the Kingdom of God was at hand, ready to be claimed inside each one of our hearts.

I have often wondered if Jesus’ ministry occurred today, what side would I have chosen: that of criticizing what He had to say, because He was hitting too close to home, or that of being a follower of Jesus, acknowledging my own unworthiness and basking in His love and forgiveness. My Lord, what a Savior!


Father, help us to see ourselves as You see us. Help us to search our hearts, our thoughts, our words, our actions, and see if there is any wicked way in us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.