Daily Devotional
Guard Against Pride in Religious Leadership

“Another parable He spoke to them: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.’”

Matthew 13:33

Ponder This

During His time on Earth, Jesus addressed various groups that were filled with pride. First were the Pharisees—the deeply religious people. They had heads full of Scripture but hearts full of sin. Their religion was external, not internal; they had laws but not life. The Sadducees said, we don’t believe in angels; we don’t believe in spirits; and we sure don’t believe in the resurrection. They were the sophisticated crowd. Herod was a pleasure-mad king: he lived in opulence, and he really didn’t care much for legalism or liberalism, he simply cared for himself. He was a lover of pleasure more than a lover of God.

Though we are far from Jesus’s time on Earth, we are near to these forms of pride—legalism, liberalism, and license. We must be on guard that these forms of pride don’t grow in our hearts and in our churches.

  • Which of these forms of pride do you see the most in yourself?
  • What results when these things come into the Church?

Practice This

Pray for God’s protection over His Church and His people against legalism, liberalism, and license.


Real Truth Never Changes

Real truth never changes, and the truth about government is that it is God who ordains it, leaders who are responsible for it, and citizens who are accountable to it. The privilege of being called Americans comes with significant responsibilities—to God, to each other, and to the world.