This is the fourth in a series of posts. Read posts 1, 2 and 3 before you attempt this one.

By Josh Harvey

Jesus could see that the money changers were the problem and their ejection was the solution. He could have waited for someone else to raise the issue. He could have written an empathetic letter or spoken softly so as not to offend. He didn’t. He identified the problem and took radical action to solve it by driving the money changers out of the temple.

Jesus wasn’t apathetic, but He wasn’t impulsive either. Before doing anything, He “made a whip out of cords”. This would have taken time: sitting in a corner, patiently threading cord after cord until the whip was fit for purpose. Jesus demonstrated a controlled aggression and considered carefully what to do before taking decisive action.

We must do the same. If we see a problem, we must take action. The issue will determine our response: sometimes we can deal with it ourselves, sometimes we may need to escalate to a Life Group Leader or Church Leader who is best placed to take action.

If you are the cause of the problem, admit it, confess it and repent of it. Ask God for grace and strength to change, then keep going forwards no matter how many times you stumble along the way. Do your best to make amends with anyone you may have hurt along the way.

If you see a friend making foolish decisions, confront them about it, no matter how hard it may be. Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses. Sparring partners hit hard in training because they want to prepare the challenger for an opponent who will show no mercy.

If you see deficiencies in our church life, consider if you can solve them. If you bemoan the lack of contributions from men in our corporate gatherings, step up and speak up (whether prophetic word, bible passage or personal testimony of following Jesus). If you see a stranger on the side lines, go and talk to them. If you see a sister receiving unwanted attention from an unsavoury male visitor, go and speak to her and don’t leave her side until the person has gone, and if it continues encourage her to share with a Church Leader or the police. These are all real life examples I have seen in my decade at Westminster Chapel. Look out for things and be willing to take appropriate action.

Jesus drove the money changers out and overturned their tables. He did this because His Father’s house mattered to Him…