There are a few attitudes or actions that will really annoy or irritate Jesus. I have listed three of them below.
Have a church and turn it into a den of thieves instead of a house of prayer.
In Mark 11:14, Jesus said, “My house should be called a place of worship for all nations.’ But you have made it a place where robbers hide!”
During this time, people brought animals to sacrifice them at the temple, which doesn’t seem out of the ordinary until we discover that the High Priest owned the shops that sold the animals. So, here the main goal for the priest was to sell animals to the people. So they could live in fine homes. They weren’t using the temple for worship services but for what some call sales and banking events as they also exchanged Roman coins for Hebrew shekels inside the temple.
Jesus displayed disapproval of their actions, by chasing them out of the temple and overturning the money changer’s tables as the zeal for His Father’s house consumed Him.
Profess to be a Christian but produce no fruit.
In Mark 11:12-14, we have a fruit tree bearing leaves during fig season which means it should have figs underneath. Jesus went to the tree expecting fruit because he saw leaves but found none, so He cursed the tree. He declared it would no longer be allowed to be a fraud, the tree withered and died!
Although our friends and family judge our lives by outward actions and appearances, such as our Christian talk and deeds; God sees our motives and can determine if we are frauds and just being men pleasers.
In Luke 13:6-9, He notes a man owned a vineyard that had a barren fig tree. The fig tree had not produced fruit for three years. He told the gardener to cut it down because it was only taking up space. However, the gardener asked the owner to give it one more year and if it didn’t produce/bear fruit He would cut it down.
We are called to bear fruit that is show forth God’s glory by demonstrating changed lives. The things we used to do (worldly behaviors) should not be part of our lives. We are really in trouble if we fail to realize God has been good to us and then backslide, producing thorns instead of fruit (Hebrews 6:8).
Forget previous concepts He’s taught you, then act clueless when He attempts to teach you a new principle.
In Matthew 16: 5-12, Jesus told the disciples to take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The disciples immediately thought Jesus made the statement because they had forgotten to bring bread/lunch to the meeting.
One can hear the consternation in Jesus’ voice, when He said, “How is it that ye do not understand, that I spake it not to you concerning bread, that ye should beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees?”
He proceeded to remind them about the five thousand people He fed with two fish and five loaves of bread or how He fed four thousand with seven loaves of bread with baskets of leftovers.
He wondered how in the world they could see the miracles and “not get it!” Perhaps it’s time to get a clue! Let’s not forget the miracles He’s performed in our lives.