The scripture for today is Matthew 23: 1-12.
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses seat. So, you must obey them and so do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads and put them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
“Everything they do is done for men to see. They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them ‘Rabbi.’
“But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
Here Jesus says sit in Moses seat as the authorized successors of Moses as teachers of the law.
In verses 8 – 10 we read the warning against seeking titles of honor to foster pride. Obviously, we should avoid unreasonable literalism in applying such commands.
The last sentences is one that we all should take out of our pocket and apply to our daily lives continuously. Be humble. Just do it.
Dear Lord, thank you for scriptures like this one that paint a clear picture of how we should live. Help us to tuck away habits of seeking honor and bring on humbleness.
Maureen Baldwin email@example.com
Prayer Concern: Medical missionaries who humbly travel to help victims of poverty.