The Dangerous Pedestal

13 Jun

God’s Word: Matthew 23:1-12

God’s Message to me: (My interpretation of what God is saying in these verses)

There is a desire within many people to live on a pedestal. pedestal They have a deep longing to be “looked up to” and “admired” for their superior knowledge in some area.  However, the pedestal is a very dangerous place to live.  The “glory” goes to the head and there is a change that happens in their thinking. They say one thing—even demand it of others—but fail to live that way themselves.  They consider themselves “above” all others.

Before long they begin to stretch the truth—lest they fall off the pedestal.  Instead of living out of a pure heart it’s all spit-and-polish veneer.  When this happens to a person in a leadership position in the church—watch out.  They are just as vulnerable as anyone is getting addicted to the pedestal.  They come to really enjoy sitting at the head table and receiving honorary degrees and being called the “Reverend.”

Beware—don’t let people put you on a pedestal.  Jump off–tear down the pedestal lest you be swept away by the lure of glory.  That lure began in the Garden of Eden when the temptation of greatness overcame Eve.  Everyone is equal in My sight.  No one deserves to live on a pedestal because they will fall and when they do—many others fall too.  When you feel the desire to stand out in the crowd—let this be a reminder–it is time to step down—be a servant.  If you puff yourself up you will get the wind knocked out of you.  But if you’re content to simply be yourself, you life will count for plenty.

God’s Question: Will you refuse pedestal living and focus on service?

God’s Promise: The one who refuses the pedestal by seeking to honor Christ in their words and deeds—this one will I honor.

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My Prayer to God

I praise You for giving us so many opportunities to serve others.

I am sorry for every time I have longed for the pedestal.

Thank You for reminding me of the value of being a servant.

Help me find satisfaction in serving You by serving others.

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