Wednesday, April 29, 2009 important

I came across this little verse today which has more to say than first meets the eye...

"Even though we had some standing as Christ's apostles, we never threw our weight around or tried to come across as important, with you or anyone else." (I Thes 2:6)

It's easy to read over verses like this without pausing to ask, "do I measure up?"  Think about it; Paul and the apostles had all kinds of reasons to ask for, and expect a certain amount of respect based solely on their standing, "positional authority."  Yet we read here that they didn't go about things this way...insteady, they poured themselves into those they were leading and working with, never throwing their "weight around," or "pulling rank."  In a word, this is called "humility" two words, it's called "servant leadership."

Of course, they were simply following the example of another...

"Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion." (Philippians 2:5-7).

Talk about humility - and yet, this is the very call that Christ has placed on us.  How many times have I tried to hold onto some authority, never considering all along how much Christ gave up and His call for me to do likewise?  Remember the foot-washing?

All of this can seem very over-whelming, and yet, the call remains...

"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up." (James 4:10)

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