“But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments” [Matthew 23:5]
Yesterday we shared about national and kingdom borders—but what of the more personal inner borders of life?
This statement of Jesus reveals leadership that is full of self-centeredness. To gain attention—a desire to be served rather than serve. Everything is motivated by self-aggrandizement, an increase in their own borders.
True growth and development in the kingdom is empowered by selfless love, and that position serves others not self, it increases the borders of others not their own. It is a downward journey that knows the joy of living the incarnational life, a life that can say, “…I no longer live but Christ that lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”. [Galatians 2:20 NIV]
In today’s relational language we use the term, ‘adding value to another’. Our own ‘borders’ are not enlarged, but rather they connect with others for the purpose of enlarging theirs, and thereby the Kingdom of God.
John the Baptist—you might say the ‘first out of the gate’ set the pace for us when he said, “He must become greater; I must become less.” [John 3:30] The only way for Jesus to become more and we less, is to serve others. Forgetting our own borders and fulfilling kingdom borders is a limitless joy and growth process.
Further Reading: Isaiah 44; Matthew 23:1-11; John 3:22-36