47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. – Matthew 5:47-48 (NIV)
Jesus was direct. He made his point and He was direct. He said don’t let yourselves be fooled. He pointed out the practices that made us look bad as His followers. He addressed the mess that we can make of fellowship, making others feel neglected and overlooked.
. . . Do not even pagans do that?
Jesus expects us to go the extra mile. He wants us to be beyond the “pagans.” We should heed His word in order to be more like him, to be perfect as he says and to be more like the Father.
It’s a shame when we don’t know better. It’s shame on us when we don’t do better.