“Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors Him.” -Proverbs 14:31 ESV
7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all your fellow guests. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” -Luke 14:7-11 NAS
I read a quote yesterday that really made me think. It said this:
“How we walk with the broken, speaks louder than how we sit with the great!” –Bill Bennot
WOW! Think about that statement for a minute…let it sink in…. That means, every time we meet someone, whether they are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, handsome or homely, intelligent or ignorant, charismatic or antagonist, your race or of another ethnicity, your culture or another, your social status or below or above…we are to walk with them-where they are, and show them respect and honor. Give them the dignity that God gives to them-the dignity He gives to all of us!
You see, whether we like to admit it or not…we are ALL broken! Sin has done that to us! Even the great leaders of the world have their sins and are broken people because of it. Just because someone sits in a place of honor, does not make them honorable! Just because you attend church every Sunday, and the homeless guy on the street never goes-(probably because he would not be welcome to come into a church), does not make you a better person in the eyes of God.
God looks at our hearts! He’s not interested in what kind of car you drive, how expensive your clothes are, how large your house is, how big your bank account is, or how educated you might be; God scrutinizes the condition of your heart!
Next time we get all puffed up and think we are at the top of the totum pole…we better fall to our knees and ask God to remind us of how broken we really are! There’s an old song that Dottie Rambo used to sing, it goes like this:
Roll back the curtain of memory now and then
Show me where you brought me from
And where I could have been
Remember I’m human, and humans forget
So remind me, remind me dear Lord
Nothing good have I done to deserve God’s own Son
I’m not worthy of the scars in his hands
Yet he chose the road to Calvary to die in my stead
Why he loved me I can’t understand –Lyrics by Connie Smith
It would do us all good if we would remember where we came from…how we were broken until someone walked beside us and told us about Jesus; remember how God brought us out of the miry clay and put our feet upon a solid rock and established our goings! Because without HIM…we are nothing!