Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 148/260: Read Matthew 23

The kingdom of heaven is unlike any other kingdom. In worldly governments, the focus is on securing power for one’s self. In order to gain power, a person must elevate himself above everyone else. There is a sense of proving why “I” am better than anyone else. God’s kingdom, however, is just the opposite.

Jesus says, “But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

In order to be great in Jesus’ kingdom, you have to be willing to do anything you can for another person. It’s all about service, about seeking the highest good of another person. Paul said, “Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Romans 12:10). It is not about what others can do for you, but what you can do for others.

Jesus Himself served all of humanity through the greatest sacrifice, His death on the cross. By shedding His blood, He gave all men access to the Father. No greater service could have been rendered. Yet, many continue to reject that sacrifice, trying to justify themselves through their own goodness, when what is needed is a trusting, obedient acceptance of the Lord’s grace.

The Lord warns, “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Matthew 22:14. For __________ are called, but __________ are chosen.


Pray for the proper attitude toward God and man.

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