Use this devotional at home this week. Take some time to read these verses and respond to the questions. If you want to take it to the next level, include someone else into your world while you’re reading and responding.
Session 1 – Serve Your Way to Success
1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3 so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 4 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. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, 6 and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues 7 and greetings in the marketplaces and being 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 call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ.11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:1-12 ESV)
Answer these questions:
- Why did Jesus oppose the human tendency to put spiritual leaders on pedestals?
- What is unnatural about seeing religious people being proud and outspoken?
- Do you have a problem with your phylacteries being broad?
The above devotional material is from Serving in Jesus, Student Edition: Six Sessions on Ministry Copyright 2006 by Doug Fields and Brett Eastman, Published by Zonderman, Grand Rapids, MI.