Slinking from First Class
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great, for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here,’ than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.
We had boarded the plane. When the boarding door closed, a man behind me slipped up to an empty first class seat. Flight attendants are trained to spot guerilla tactics. No sooner had he buckled his first class seat belt and pretended to read than he had her stern and courteous presence in his face: “Sir, what is your seat assignment?” Before he could make up an answer, she asked to see his boarding pass: “Looks like you are in coach . . . this is the first-class section. I’ll need to ask you to take your assigned seat.” By now, the whole front of the plane was into the drama, and all eyes followed the usurper as he slinked back to coach. You know what they were thinking.
Self-promotion has a way of backfiring, doesn’t it?
But humility has a way of lifting you up. Humility doesn’t presume. It defaults to the lowest place, the servant’s quarters, the unsavory, unheralded work behind the scenes. If honor comes, humility can rejoice—and still rejoice if it doesn’t! Humility does not expect praise, insist on it, or fish for it. Humility can deserve honor without demanding it—just as Christ, although equal with God, made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant (Phil. 2.7).
Welcome to Christ Church. How will people see humility in you today? Remember the prophecy of the Messiah on this Palm Sunday: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey (Zech. 9:9).
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