"You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men" (Mark 7:8).
In the late 1840's, the Gold Rush was in full swing. Everyone was eager for the certain riches and wealth, prestige and success that would come from discovering the life-changing powers of gold. What many people found, however, was not gold, but was pyrite, knows as "fool's gold." They found this with excitement, abandoned their search any further and went about to trade this "treasure" in for the life-change they were dreaming for. To their great disappointment, they found that what they had only "looked like" what they were really seeking. They had settled for a fake.
The Pharisees, like many in our current society, were more focused on the the disciples of Jesus did not fit into their traditional and "acceptable" mold. They had traded seeking the face of God, the true gold, for seeking the praises of men, and judging every man against the standard of appearance. They judged Jesus' disciples' hearts based on how they followed traditions, rather than how they followed God. They equated godliness with appearance, ritual, and tradition.
It is so easy to get caught up in the trends and styles and leave the commandment to worship God alone. He IS the true gold. Everything else is a fool's copy. Styles are not my god. Traditions are not my god. Opinions of people are not my god. Jesus IS my God. I live my life to honor Him. He is the One who matters to me and how I live each day.
If we live each day this mindset, we will live blessed with Jesus. He is more valuable than gold, silver, and precious rubies. Our minds and hearts must be set on Him. Be encouraged today to seek Him, not to settle for anything less than the One, True, Living, and Loving God!!