i brought a few cool tweets to share with you today. i believe you’ll recognize a theme.
the first is len sweet…
Jesus rebuked Peter for his leadership fetish: “Get Behind Me.” A disciple’s place is behind, not before Jesus. Time to find our place.
the next is terry virgo (retweeted by matt chandler)…
It’s a scary thing for a church to be led by someone who gets their fulfillment from being a leader.
the last one is from tim challies…
I am intimidated by the idea of success that may exceed my sanctification (and here is a link to his blog from whence this quote comes).
a few days ago in that strange ether of pre-wakefulness, i was reminded of how pharisee-like i am (maybe god was trying to talk to me, but i’m not spiritually astute enough to make that claim).
the first-century jewish population-at-large saw the pharisees as frightfully pious, ominous, untouchable. they were law-keepers to the tenth power, spoken of only in reverential tones. the crowds humbly parted when a pharisee passed.
jesus, however, disdainfully confronted the pharisees about their hypocrisy (how did he know?). the pharisees were hyper-diligent about their religious practices, but jesus rebuked them because, “they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues” (matthew 23:6).
i am striving to be holy. i want to live a life that’s pleasing to the lord, a life so winsome and gentle that people might “see my good deeds” and “glorify my father in heaven” (matthew 5:15).
but i still struggle with my need for approval.
i’m distressed at the lengths to which i will go to have someone acknowledge me–especially my peers. i wouldn’t think of ignoring a phone call. i am a shameless compliment-fisher. i know my identity is in christ, but i love it (way too much!) when someone other than jesus bolsters it in some way.
but jesus is healing me.
each day, i am more and more confident in my role in the kingdom. i am fulfilled in my vocation. i am beginning to measure success according to biblical standards, rather than conventional ones. i am content in the life god has given me. i am finding my place: behind, not before, jesus.
so keep your “place of honor.” i just want to sit with jesus.