Pastor Tim Romero
Matthew 23:8–12 (ESV): "8 But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers. 9 And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10 Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ. 11 The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
Titles in the church are for identification purposes not for status and elevation. When a man seeks a title he seeks the honor and glory due to God alone. Beware of those who expect to be called by certain names for they are modern-day Scribes and Pharisees.
Jesus rebukes the Scribes and Pharisees here for robbing God of honor and glory. They wanted men to bow down at their feet and insisted on being praised and glorified before man. Jesus says to them eight times in this chapter, "Woe to you", which is a word that denotes pain and displeasure. He is not pleased with anyone who robs God of His glory. Jesus warns His disciples to not follow their example but to be humble and servants of all.
We all know what it's like to want honor and glory. We have to battle the natural man all day long because he wants to be elevated. Don't ever allow yourself to get comfortable taking compliments that are a result of God's doing. Be quick to always give Him the glory. In this way, you will guard yourself against the trap of self-exaltation. Be humble, serve and when you are treated like a servant rejoice for that is a job well done. Amen?
Father, thank You for constantly protecting us from ourselves. We are so prone to sin and take Your glory. Forgive us and guard us against pride and its deceptions we pray in Jesus' name, amen.