Go Low to Get High pt 2
(Supplemented by the concluding message from our ‘When I Grow Up’ series)
Reading: Luke 1 v 46 - 55
# 2 Humility loves beyond labels
Abraham Lincoln once got caught up in a situation where he wanted to please a politician, so he issued a command to transfer certain regiments. When the secretary of war, Edwin Stanton, received the order, he refused to carry it out. He said that the President was a fool. Lincoln was told what Stanton had said, and he replied, "If Stanton said I'm a fool, then I must be, for he is nearly always right. I'll see for myself." As the two men talked, the President quickly realised that his decision was a serious mistake, and without hesitation he withdrew it.
Pride whispers, “Me!” Humility screams, “We!”
Humility allows you to see value in other people. Every single person on the planet has value. How? Because Jesus died for them and the value of anything is revealed in the price you’re willing to pay for it. If Christ paid for humanity with His life, then Jesus believes people have value.
This is important because sometimes pride whispers in your ear that you’re better than everybody else. Pride can find it harder to love someone of a different colour, a different sexual orientation, from a different part of our community, or even those with a dodgy reputation.
We won’t admit it out loud but we can all be guilty of having preferences on who we love. But here’s how God labels humanity: lost and found. That’s it. No labels on gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, social status - just lost and found. Here’s the thing - you were once lost but now you are found. Humility won’t judge others because humility remembers where we came from. Humility helps us to drop the stone we’re about to throw at another.
2 Corinthians 5 v 15 - 18 (The Message): ‘Our firm decision is to work from this focussed centre: One man died for everyone. That puts everyone in the same boat. He included everyone in his death so that everyone could be included in his life, a resurrection life, a far better life than people ever lived on their own…Because of this decision we don't evaluate people by what they have or how they look. Now we look inside, and what we see is anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new…’
As a church we have a wonderful mandate from the Lord to reach our city with the good news of Jesus. Let’s not evaluate people by how they look or where they live or by the life they live right now, but lets carry enough humility to remind us that we too were once without Christ and the grace that was extended to us is extended to them for the glory and honour of His name.
‘Dear God, today I take a moment to reflect on where I have come from and on the life I used to live. Thank you for saving me. May the grace you have shown me, be mirrored by me to others in my world. Help me to love others beyond their labels. Amen.’