Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, Jesus criticizes those who make Christianity their outward focus just to make themselves look good. We have all fallen prey to this type of behavior. We act like we are holier than we are. We make a big deal when we do something good rather than keeping it quiet. Today, I want you to think about a way that you can become closer to God on the down low.
Your steadfast love endures from age to age, O living God,
for un Christ you tenderly care for your people.
Instruct us in your way of humble service,
that we may imitate his saving deeds
who humbled himself for our salvation
and is now exalted with you in splendor
forever and ever. Amen.
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