Every one has pet peeves. I suppose mine would involve a certain fruit of the spirit (the p-word) when I am in a hurry. Basically, this plays out when I’m in Walmart on a busy day. I spot the perfect parking place. Not only is it perfect, it is also going to be vacant soon and very soon. I know I’ll be able to zip right into it in a matter of seconds. Yes, I’ve seen the lady load her bags into her car. She’s now in her car. The motor is running. Yes, I do believe her back up lights are on.
But wait…no! What is she doing? My husband thinks she is balancing her checkbook. Is she cleaning out her purse? Who knows! She is sitting there completely ready to back out of the space and then she gets distracted with some sort of meaningless task that is completely wasting my time! If only I could figure out what she is doing…I think that at least would make me feel better. I could then evaluate whether or not her behavior is worth the effort of me spending my precious time waiting, waiting, waiting on her so that I can eventually grab this most desirous of all parking spaces.
Yes, we all have pet peeves, including Jesus. I am amused (if we can be amused spiritually) at His pet peeve. I believe it was hypocrisy. He didn’t like things portrayed as if they were when they actually weren’t. I think this is why Jesus cursed the fig tree when it had no fruit. Besides the obvious: men lose their tempers when they are hungry, the underlying mesage is that Jesus was starving, He comes across a fig tree with leaves. He thought He could get some fruit off the tree, afterall, fig trees only have fruit if they have leaves. This plant was portraying to have fruit but it didn’t. This hit a nerve with Him…he cursed it…yes a definite pet peeve.
1 John 3:5 gives us the object lesson of hypocrisy. “But if anyone obeys His word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” Wow, tall order for the day.