Chapter Fourteen Saturday, December 11, 2010
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14:11
I hope you have been enjoying the readings. Have you found some to be comfortable and familiar while others are a bit cloudy and maybe even a bit confusing? That is par for the course. No matter what your approach, have faith! Isaiah 55:11 affirms that the Word of God will not return empty but will achieve the purpose for which it was sent. God is working!
Now, back to Chapter fourteen! Be sure to focus a bit on the cost of being a disciple. It is not easy to be fully faithful to the call of Christ in your life. However, the process of discipleship always carries a challenge of personal growth and movement toward maturity. It is a good journey!
I want to call your attention to the teaching of Jesus regarding humility. Do you remember the ‘first shall be last’ teaching? Or ‘do not think of yourself more highly than you ought?’ Christian discipleship is all about humility. That was the central nature of Jesus to be humble.
Centuries ago St Benedict wrote a little instruction book for a life style of discipleship. He wrote a whole section about humility. In fact, he identified the 12 Steps of Humility. It was the original 12 Step program! Look for the Rule of St Benedict online for more detail.
Isn’t it interesting how humble people have a stronger impact than those who are proud? But you remember the recent political campaign, don’t you? In that leadership arena pride, boasting, arrogance along with speaking poorly of your opponent really wins the day. We actually reward those folks with public office! But the Christian disciple is invited to behave in a different way.
Think for a moment about this day. What will you do this weekend that will demonstrate humility? How will you prepare your heart so it is a natural act and not a pre-packaged expression of a humble spirit? Start today, it is never too late!
Note: tomorrow in worship we will be exploring the Prodigal Son from Luke 15. Check it out in advance to get the picture!