Reading: Matthew 23:1-12
“… You must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practise what they preach” v.3.
I cannot think of a spiritual leader whose attitude or behaviour has been completely spotless, some of them even have their weaknesses and sins glaring to the point of their congregation suffering. It is indeed scary to be put into a position of authority, as more will be required come the day of reckoning (Luke 12:48). For most of us who are looking for the perfect guide, what are we then to do?
The Lord said we are all brothers, and that we have only one Master, one Father, one Teacher. Isn’t that comforting? In the absence of a godly leader (or the presence of a leader who could lead us astray as mentioned in Matt.23:13), we are not left alone groping for what is right or wrong, or what to believe and what path to take.
Our Master is with us—He who is the perfect picture of the Father (John 14.6-11). Everything about Him we could find in the pages of the Holy Bible (Romans 10:17)—He is the Word himself (John 1:1). And His Spirit is with us (John 14.7,8), teaching and guiding us and giving us peace—how awesome!
My friend, have you taken the time to pick up and open your Bible, read it for yourself, seeking with all your heart while blocking the nuances of opinions and whatever belief you’ve been brought up with? When that time of questioning your faith has come—where do you turn to? Who do you turn to?
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6