“Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows’ houses and for a show they make lengthy prayers. Such men will be punished most severely.” -Jesus (Luke 20:46-47)
Do not be deceived. This is the message that Jesus is after. He is saying, what looks good isn’t always good. In this case the teachers of the law has become so engrossed by their own selves they forgot what they were about. The teachers of the law fell in love with power, fame, fortune, all at the expense of God. Their motives were to gain all that the world had to offer. It appears that they forgot what their purpose was. They forgot what God was trying to do. The forgot who they were at the core of themselves and got lost in the things that don’t matter. In short the priest had an identity crisis. The reason they existed was to push others towards God, and spread His ways. But what we have here is a bunch of guys who wear nice clothes, eat good food, and make the temple a nice place to be. Is that what God wants? I don’t think so.
It’s easy for me to see this and say, “Stupid Priest, they forgot who they were!” But in reality often I forget who I am. I forget that my life is not my own. I forget that all I do is for God and not for myself. I am human, I like nice things, I want to own nice stuff. However, sometimes I want the stuff more they I want God. I forget who I am and what my assignment is. I get deceived by the things of this world. It’s only human, but today is a simple reminder to come back to what God wants. A calling back to what my true identity is. A calling back to where God wants me to be.
Lord, forgive me for the short term memory. But thank you for the reminder that I belong to you, and that you are the only thing that counts. Thank you for restoring back to me what I am truly supposed to be, a follower of You.