We come together to exalt the name of The Lord. God will exalt us in due time. We are not to exalt ourselves, but to be humble.
The scribes Pharisees were using the law of Moses to exalt themselves. Jesus began to rebuke the scribes and Pharisees because they only told others to follow the law and excluded themselves. They only wanted to be recognized and seen of men. He also instructed His disciples that everyone must follow the law. The Pharisees and scribes only wanted to be seen. The spirit of the scribes and Pharisees are still prevalent today. We need to be able to distinguish between what is right and what is selfish.
The Pharisees and scribes sat in the “high seat,” and gave the law to the people. God says we still have to accept and follow the law, but not ungodly examples.
God doesn’t want anyone to be exalted above Him.
Peter taught the church to humble themselves that they might be exalted in due time. When God starts blessing His people, the enemy stirs up trouble and confusion. Be wary of the wiles of the enemy.
Jesus taught a lesson on humility. He who is greater has to be like young children. They are very submissive and obedient. (see Luke 22:26) If you want to be something, be a servant. And the higher you go, the greater the servant you are to become. Jesus wanted to show them that there is none greater than Him. And Jesus came to be the ultimate servant.
Paul said not to think of yourself higher than you ought. (see Romans 12:3) Therefore, true greatness is a matter of what’s in your heart. It shows through sincere expression of faith and love to God. True greatness is in sincerity and in a desire to serve both God and man. What are you doing to help your brother and sister? You have to be willing to be seen as the least in the kingdom. Everything must be to God’s glory!
True greatness is not in status, education, accomplishments, influence, or power. True greatness is not in what you do, but what in who you are for God. Be committed to whatever task God gives you. True greatness requires that we become great in the right areas: faith, godly character, wisdom, self-control. Greatness shows through the fruits of the spirit. (see Galatians 5:22-23) Be great in love and in commitment to God. Learn to have the greatness of Christ, who loves us in righteousness and hates iniquity. True greatness will humble you in the midst of trials and tribulations and help you hold on to God!
Do not work to be seen. What’s done in secret, God will rewarded openly. (see Matthew 6:6)
We must lead by example. We should not have a problem performing small tasks if we truly aspire to lead. Be willing to do things for God without expecting an earthly reward. Treasure God’s house and serve!
When you learn to be a true servant and to stay where God places you, God can use you as a testimony! (see Romans 12:1-2)