Luke 20:46-47 – “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive greater condemnation.”
Jesus is talking to the disciples and again issues a warning about the religious elite who feel justified because of their righteous actions. The scribes are displaying outward gestures to be seen seeking human approval. Yet, their hearts are not right and they do not care about the most vulnerable people. For this they will be judged even greater.
Jesus teaches/warns about the scribes and the Pharisees self righteous actions on many occasions. The scribes have a self awareness problem where they deem themselves righteous based on their outward appearance and love of human approval. God is concerned about our heart and the change that occurs when we respond to the love of the gospel from the inside out. There is a serious blind spot and reliance on religious activity if I think doing this or being seen there is the proper response to the gospel while ignoring the needs of someone. The gospel requires a relationship not religion where help/deeds are in response to the love of Christ.
Father, Thank you for your love and the truth in the gospel. Let me not be someone who wants to be seen and seeks approval of others. May your radical love continue to change my heart to love you and others to glorify you.