Do you like being corrected? I’m sure not many people do. Sometimes we need correction to prevent mistakes from occurring.
In Matthew 23, Jesus is correcting the Pharisees of the day. The people who are seen as righteous and religious. Jesus is correcting and rebuking the hypocrisy, as the Pharisees’ actions are not in line with the Gospel. Nevertheless, as Jesus corrects this group, lessons can be learned. The Pharisees’ role was to serve God and His people, however, some were serving themselves.
When the Pharisees began to make their ministry about themselves, it had negative repercussions. They had a false idea of righteousness, as they believed their actions alone made them good (v. 2-3). They had a false idea of ministry and were adding further burdens to God’s people that were not necessary (v. 4). Lastly, they had a false idea of greatness (v. 5-12).
There are many lessons to be learned in this passage. It requires us to pause, reflect and consider our ministry practices. Are we serving? How are we serving? What is your attitude like? We need to be humble before the Lord Jesus, and remember that life and ministry is about Him, and not us. When we do this, everything else in serving will make sense. We can make amazing differences for God, the church, and the community when we humble ourselves. Whether you’re doing music leading from the front or doing the maintenance for the working bee, you are serving, and God says that this is the path to greatness.
The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Matthew 23:11-12.