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One Father and Master

Matthew 23:9-10

Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is in heaven. And do not be called masters either, because you have one Master, the Messiah.

The Scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’s day liked to be seen as father and master to the people. They relished the titles. They would reciprocate the reverence by laying unrealistic burdens upon the people who looked to them as father and master. Jesus warned His disciples not to look to anyone on earth as father and master because they have one Father and Master in heaven. Anyone who wishes to lead must first become a servant to the people.

When we look to others to fill the role of father and master in our lives, we place them on a pedestal they were not meant to occupy. That pedestal will eventually crumble because no earthly individual can be to us what Jesus is meant to be to us. Through Him we have direct access to the Father and Master in heaven, who can work all things together for our good and do immeasurably more then we could ever imagine. We do our leaders harm when we expect them to be what only God can be to us. Only God can give us the answers we really need, and we must cultivate relationship with Him and give the glory to Him.

Are you expecting anything today that only God can give? If so, turn to Him. He encourages us to ask, seek, and knock. He instructs us to ask Him anything and to bring our burdens to Him. Begin to cultivate a relationship with Him in prayer and watch to see how He responds. Look for little things that show you He hears you and is working on your behalf. The more you turn to Him in prayer, the less you will find yourself depending upon someone else. Make Him your Confidant, and discover His everlasting love for you in a whole new way. His invitation to you is waiting.

Have a blessed day!

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