31 Jan Matthew 23:5-12

5 “But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6 “They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men. 8 “But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 “Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ. 11 “But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

Success to a Pharisee was to be praised by men. They tried to show their spirituality by using religious symbols to attract attention to themselves rather than God. They thought the higher their position, the greater they were. Pharisees liked titles for themselves. We are all equal under Christ, our Lord. True greatness is found in serving others. It comes from God as we obey Him. Be humble.