Imago Gospels – 19 – Chess

Matthew 23

This was a rough passage to get through – the woes and the curses going on against the religious leaders. I had a hard time finding something for this picture today – the places I was didn’t lend themselves too well to it. Until late this afternoon when we were at a market in Cape Town and my son found a chess set that he wanted to buy. Before he bought it though, the man selling it challenged him to a game that would help determine the final cost. The man selling it, Tinashe (whose name means, “God with us”) kept talking about chess as a battle between one army and another. I didn’t think about it until I got home and played a game with my son – I thought of the battle going on in these chapters between Jesus and the religious leaders – pieces on a board being moved around, some with clear motives, some with ones that are not clear. Got me thinking about my own motives in my actions…

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1 comment

  1. Yes, sometimes we have to sit back and think about why we really are doing the things that we are doing. The path to hell is paved with good intentions. This means that we might be doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, or we are doing the right things for the wrong reasons. Either way, the result is the same. We need to be careful about our motives and doing the right things, especially in today’s culture. It seems more difficult as the days go by.

    Lord, grant us all the strength to hold steadfast to You. Help us to have the pure intentions that please You, and to do our good works for You out of the abundance of our heart. We are to love because You first loved us. They should know us because of our love, both for You and for them. In Jesus’ name I make this request. Amen.

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