The words of Jesus still live on:
"Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 'The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you--but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. 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. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others. But you are not to be called rabbi for you have one teacher, and you all are brothers. And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Neither be called instructors (teachers) for you have one instructor (teacher), the Christ. The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. But woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. Woe to you , scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make one single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves." Matthew 23:1-15
I read this in my daily devotion today. As I read it I realized this is still a relevant message for todays modern church. It transcends history. Why because for the most part there are those who still do as this scripture says in the modern church. They sit in pulpits (Moses' seat) and lay burdens on people. They are not serving, but wanting to be served. They do things to be acknowleged by the public. They dress up in their expensive Armani suits and drive their expensive cars. They have special parking spots in the parking lot. They have the front row seats in most churches. They love to be called apostles, prophets, evangelist, teachers and pastors, his holiness or father.
They love to go overseas and make disciples while their neighbors are perishing. Then come back and proclaim it to all the world on tv.
According to the scripture above we are to be humble. We are all brothers and therefore equal. Only one can be called our father and that is God! No man should ever be called father when it comes to the church. We have ONE!!! No one is to be called rabbi, pastor, teacher because we have ONE!! JESUS !!! We must take heed of these warnings from Jesus. Because as is the case of todays modern church we have fallen back into the Pharisees way of ministry. Whoever is the greatest will be the least. Jesus chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. Jesus was and is the only perfect example of a true humble servant. And He said, "Follow Me."
So my question is this are you following a mere man or are you following The MAN? Christ Jesus!