Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 ‘The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; 3 therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. 4 They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. 5 They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long. 6 They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, 7 and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have people call them rabbi. 8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. 9 And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
Saint Francis of Assisi said, “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” Have you ever wondered if there were any scribes or Pharisees in the crowd that day? Jesus is certainly not mincing words when he is calling them out as unfit leaders in their communities.
One of the main characteristics that millennials are looking for in leaders is authenticity. Is the teacher, parent, boss, or pastor real and genuine? Are we living the way we are talking? If we say we care about the environment, what are we doing to help make a difference? It does not take long to identify a fake. What can you do to live your most authentic self today as a Jesus follower?
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