The next big warning Jesus gives about the Pharisees concerns the state of their own selfishness. Jesus says, "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.
How many times are leaders concerned with what people think?
The truth of the matte is, Christian leaders have the same insecurities everyone else does. They need to be complimented. They need the same ego strokes as the rest of us. But if taken too far, this ego can grow and we can turn the whole of our faith into one big compliment.
Being a Pastor can be seen as a place of prestige.
Singing in the choir can be thought of as 'better' than someone else.
And when the ideas of someone's position are coupled with their outward selfish adoration; the core of the faith becomes "ALL ABOUT ME" rather than all about Jesus.
Don't you think we've let this slip into our cultural Christianity again?
I can tell when I walk into groups where the main issue is about how we look, or how we come across to the world. It's stale. It's uncomfortable. There are snide remarks about others that don't measure up.
When will we learn.
It's not about how many toys we have when we die.
Life is about the relationships built here.
It's about the way we've shown God's love to others.
It's about the ways we can walk with people through tough times.
It's about the times we can celebrate together!!
May God give us perspective today.