Walking with His Passion: Humility
Dr. Larry Harper
“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others.
Jesus is painfully aware of the religious leaders' inconsistencies. He charges that they are binding men with the requirements of the Law while their own words and actions do not match their teachings.
They had an inflated view of themselves as evidenced in showy garments and in seeking personal status in the community, so Jesus plainly accuses them, “Everything they do is done for men to see.” (Matthew 23:3).
He seizes the moment to emphasize one of the kingdom priorities of life: the principle of humility. It is an exercise of the will to remove SELF from the center of life and elevate the mercy of God in your life. His will becomes your compass. This does not mean demeaning yourself or becoming a doormat for others, but it does mean that you respect and honor others. Your words and actions match. Your personal agenda never supersedes the needs of others, and your supreme model is Christ who “humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross! (Philippians 2:8).
This week as you admire the passion of your Lord, think through your personal walk among others. Do you find yourself getting easily resentful or easily aggravated by them? Do you try to understand them, or just side step them? Are you finding jealousy popping up in you every now and then? Is there a deep need in you to impress people? Do you always seek the best parking spot, or want to get in front of all the traffic and will cut off anyone who is trying to do the same? (Now it's really gotten personal.) These are some attitudes that can be a foothold for the evil one to distract you away from being a follower of Christ. In humility, walk away from these inclinations.
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