There Are No Spiritual Shortcuts
And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple,
and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple,
and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
and would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written,
My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer?
but ye have made it a den of thieves.
What would you do to save a few extra minutes and make things easier for yourself? It seems that we have developed short cuts for almost everything. We look for ways to save time and make things more efficient.
The Jews in Jesus day were no different. As they commuted through the crowded city of Jerusalem, they wanted to take the easiest way, the fastest route. Many found that it was quicker to cut through the temple courtyard then to go around the temple. The "Temple Shortcut" was born. At first they started to use it as an emergency - only if they were running late. But as time progressed the "Temple Shortcut" became a way of life. It saved time. It made life easier.
Until Jesus came.
Jesus cleansed the temple. Jesus closed down the "Temple Shortcut". Jesus made them go around the long way.
For some things, there is no shortcut.
There Is No Shortcut For Purity
I Peter 1:15-16 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
I John 1:8-9 ¶ If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Psalm 66:18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
There Is No Shortcut For Prayer
I Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
James 4:2-3 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
There Is No Shortcut For Fasting
Mark 9:17-29 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.... And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
How many times do we look for a shortcut, when the right way is the long and difficult way.
We cannot shortcut God's way of doing things.