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Humbled and Exhalted

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. 4They 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. 5They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. 6They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, 7and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. 8But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. 9And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. 10Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. 11The greatest among you will be your servant. 12All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted. (Matthew 23:1-12, NRSV)

Wow, Jesus really lays it on the Pharisees and scribes here, but the point really is, do not expect someone else to carry a burden you are not willing to help them with or to carry yourself.

We can not think more highly of ourselves than others, and we must always help those who need it.

We do not get ahead in the kingdom of God by walking over people, we get ahead in the kingdom by being like Jesus and lifting people up and helping them know they are loved.

How do you help others see the love God has for them?

 

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