The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
— Jesus of Nazareth
Those of us who call ourselves Christians sometimes neglect the instructions that came directly from Jesus. In the scriptures Jesus had many things to say. Because we live in this fast paced competitive American society, we find it difficult to image that we can be exulted by humble behavior. We have been taught from a very early age to put our “best foot” forward. The words of Jesus cut against that concept. The real task of humility is to be genuine and authentic in all that you do. The person who exalts himself is, in many instances, just lying. We have a time for self-exalted people. We call them hypocrites because can never live up to their talk.
In the Kingdom of God leadership is marked by servant hood and not self exultation. If you want to rid your life of hypocritical self agrandizement ,become a humble servant to all. A servant’s word will carry far more weight in the end than the word of a great teacher who does not follow through. The American Poet Edgar A. Guest wrote:
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one, any day;
I’d rather one should walk with me than merely show the way;
The eye’s a better pupil and more willing than the ear.
Fine counsel is confusing, but examples always clear,
And the best of all preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action is what everybody need.
We are all (clergy and laity)walking sermons weather we like it or not.
Grant us, O God, a mind to meditate on you; eyes to behold you; ears to listen for your word; a heart to love you; and a life to proclaim you. Amen.
- Staring At My Pile of Dirt: The cost of growing the kingdom of God in Chicago (dailytheology.org)