Matthew 12:1-12 – Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples. “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat,” he said. “So you must be careful to do everything they say. But don’t do what they do. They don’t practice what they preach. They tie up heavy loads that are hard to carry. Then they put them on other people’s shoulders. But they themselves aren’t willing to lift a finger to move them.
“Everything they do is done for others to see. On their foreheads and arms they wear little boxes that hold Scripture verses. They make the boxes very wide. And they make the tassels on their coats very long. They love to sit down in the place of honor at dinners. They also love to have the most important seats in the synagogues. They love to be greeted with respect in the markets. They love it when people call them ‘Rabbi.’
“But you shouldn’t be called ‘Rabbi.’ You have only one Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth ‘father.’ You have one Father, and he is in heaven. You shouldn’t be called ‘teacher.’ You have one Teacher, and he is the Messiah. The most important person among you will be your servant. People who lift themselves up will be made humble. And people who make themselves humble will be lifted up.
Sometimes… we human-kind can get a bit ‘too big’ for our britches. There is ‘no room’ in Heaven for the bigheaded. The Apostle Matthew clearly cautions us against being in it… for ourselves; for our own personal gain. Matthew, again, reminds us… “People who lift themselves up will be made humble. And people who make themselves humble will be lifted up.”
… Blessings as we seek God’s Kingdom through… humility… cjlb…2/28/2018