“Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. (Luke 11:43)
Recently one of my family members was plagiarized by a woman who seeks recognition. She applied for awards with his material and won. When the committee realized she stole his work, my family member received the award she sought.
Most of us enjoy receiving praise for a job well done. That’s okay. Seeking praise is only wrong when that praise belongs to another. The Pharisees sought to sit on God’s throne and wanted the recognition that belonged to Jesus. Instead of esteeming God, they esteemed themselves.
We all seek praise and long to hear Jesus say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” But do we praise others or take up space in the best seat in the synagogue? Perhaps we’re waiting for others to greet us in the marketplace instead of greeting them.
Dearest Heavenly Father, give me Your power to do good works so I can glorify You. Help me gather around my coworkers, friends, and families and compliment them for jobs well done. I pray in Jesus’ precious and Holy name. Amen.