Do you know the person you do not want to become?

Do you know the person you do not want to become?

Luke 20 v 45-47 “While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honour at banquets. 47 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

Knowing what we do not want to become is as important as what we do want to become.

Jesus provides a list:

  1. Robes: We may want to be liked but we do not want to be proud of our achievements.
  2. Greetings: We may like to be welcomed but we do not chase after the praise of men.
  3. Seats: We may like to sit down but we do not insist on a VIP seat.
  4. Honour: We may like to go out for dinner but we do not need to sit at the centre of the table.
  5. Widows: We may like to help the needy but we do not want to have any illicit financial gain from doing so.
  6. Prayer: We may like to talk to God but we do not want to do so with any thought of impressing people with our use of words.

These are the things that show they are more important than anyone else. They are the most spiritual. The ones with greater authority. The most popular amongst their peers. The life and soul of the party.

Becoming all that you can become will cost you, there is sacrifice, but it will be worth it.

Becoming what you do not want to become will also cost you and the price is higher and has zero value to it.

Do you know the person you do not want to become?

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