Scripture Reading for Tuesday, March 18
Reading: Matthew 23:1-12
The Least of All
A common statement is, "Do as I say, not as I do." In reading this passage we see Jesus apply this to the pharisees and teachers of the law, "do as they say, but do not do what they do." The pharisees had set themselves up at the top of the societal ladder and wore their religious practice on their sleeve. Jesus critiqued this kind of showy religious practice as having less to do with faith in God and more to do with the image of the pharisees.
When we seek to look important, to receive recognition because of our status or how we practice our faith we are only noticed in this world; instead Jesus wants us to concern ourselves with listening to our Father in heaven and carrying out his direction. Jesus tells us that a holy life is often the unseen life, the life lived in which no one knows our good deeds or recognizes the value of our actions.
Many of the most influential Christians in my life were never highly visible leaders in the church. They were surely leaders in their own right. Lee taught my kindergarten Sunday School class. Phyllis and Leon loved me like a grandson and cared for me and my young-pastor parents. Don taught me the value of a hard work ethic. The list goes on and on. Truly the greatest among us are the servants of all.
Questions for Reflection or Journaling
- Who do you serve, or who is God asking you to serve?
- How can you learn to serve others better?
Father you came to us as the lowest of all, and servant to all. On the cross you died the death of a criminal and the least-of-all. Truly you are our one true teacher and one true father. Guide us today into service.