Matthew 22:41 – 23:12 41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied. 43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says, 44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.” 45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.
23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.
8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
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Observation: You keep giving these upside-down instructions, Lord. I mean, it’s so easy to tell people what to do. That’s my job, right? And I am smart enough to not tell people “do as I say—not as I do”. Oh, wait. I get it. You are the Lord of the universe—seated at the right hand of the Father, and yet by Your own example, You humbled Yourself to the point of becoming the Slave for all. You could have claimed all celebrity and demanded the best seat everywhere you went. But You didn’t. You gave up Your life instead.
Action: Your example of humility impresses me beyond understanding because it spells my exaltation—an eternity with You I don’t deserve and could never earn. So today, in praise of Your name, I will live as You lived—in humble acts of service instead of arrogant pronouncements. Bring across my path, as You often do, a person or need I can serve that will glorify You.