PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Don't They Know Who I Am!?Tim Savage
45 Then, with the crowds listening, he turned to his disciples and said, 46 “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets. 47 Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be severely punished.” Luke 20
We’ve all heard it, Christians called hypocrites, saying one thing, but living differently. It drives non-Christians crazy and puts a further divide between them and us. Jesus speaks specifically of religious leaders in this passage, but this lesson is applicable to all of us leaders or not. He says that we act one way in public, in front of the crowd, but another in private where no one can see. He also says that leaders especially like the respect and influence of the office and come to expect the perks and upgrades of life. I recently flew to the mainland on my favorite carrier, Hawaiian Air. I had booked the flight late because it came up quite suddenly, to my disappointment I found myself near the back of the plane in a middle seat, “auwe!” :) I thought to myself, “Wait, I’m premier gold status! Don’t I rate a better seat? Something up front on the aisle? Don’t they know who I am!?” Thankfully, before I could make a phone call or do something stupid, I just let it rest and decided to grin and bear it; after all, it would only be a few hours. When I arrived at the gate I could see that it would be a full flight with many families returning home from vacation and people like me flying up on some type of business. Just before my row was called to board, my name was announced over the speakers and much to my delight and surprise I was offered that seat up front on the aisle so that a family could sit together. I was so glad I didn’t make that phone call or ask at the desk and, although it was such a small issue, it was a sweeter blessing because it was offered and not demanded.
As leaders we must be humble both in public and in private. We must search our motivations and scrub our hearts so that we aren’t hypocritical in the way we treat others and how we act behind closed doors. I want to represent Jesus well so that others are attracted to Him rather than repelled by me. My life must be same both in public and in private. We must work even harder to prove to the world that Christians are not hypocrites, no, not perfect, but definitely not two-faced.
Dear Heavenly Father, I want to please You in the way I live my life. May I represent You well to the world so that they will be drawn to You. Please forgive me for the times my private life falls short of my public life. I want to serve You and honor You on both sides of the door. In Jesus name, Amen