3. Religious Pride
“But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’” (Matthew 23:5-7).
As soon as we hear the term Pharisees, we’re reminded of long robes with tassels and little boxes filled with scrolls on the forehead. That’s because the Pharisees made bold religious gestures like those to draw attention. They liked to be known and praised and respected. Rather than pointing the people to God, they focused heavily on gaining respect from the people themselves. Jesus very strongly disliked this in them.
1 Corinthians 1:31 tells us, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” With all the knowledge of His word and the experiences we’ve accrued, our duty is to encourage others and point them to Christ. Religious pride is a precarious area to stay clear of. It doesn’t do us any good to take pride in something that is not ours to begin with. All things come from Him and all things are to be done for His glory. We stand to benefit nothing.
For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.” (Galatians 6:3).
We are supposed to be the milestones leading people one mile closer to Christ at every opportunity.
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