Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, “Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; The Lord shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, And distress them in His deep displeasure ~Psalm 2:1-5
Men, nations, people’s, and whole societies all seem to be placing themselves up on high pedestals, high above others, without regard of the importance of others. Humility is a great character trait that we must cultivate within ourselves and those around us. Another character trait to consider is that of confidence, but confidence if left uncheck can easily turn into arrogance. Beware of yourself…know thyself, dear friends! Of course, arrogance could be seen as a false sense of pride, which is one of the 7 deadly sins.
Face it, we all wish to have a sense of importance about us. Most of us live rather mundane lives, not meaning to berate or judge anyone, but that is simply an observation that can be asserted. We wake up, eat breakfast, eat lunch, go to work, take our breaks at work, head home, watch some television, read, social media, etc., and then we go to bed. Sorry, if that is not a mundane life, then I don’t know what I am talking about!
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. ~Matthew 10:24 NKJV
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. ~Luke 6:40 NKJV
…‘A servant is not greater than his master.’… ~John 15:20 NKJV
2 of the three synoptic Gospels (Matthew & Luke) and the Gospel of John are in agreement. And of course the Apostle Paul agrees, as well:
…everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly… ~Romans 12:3 NKJV
We are to be more humble and lowly of thought. This is not to mean that we shouldn’t take pride in our work, because all that we do should be done as if we were working for the Lord God of Heaven above! We need to have the mindset in which we see that all things in this world, everything that we have is simply on loan to us from God:
The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness,
The world and those who dwell therein.
For He has founded it upon the seas,
And established it upon the waters. ~Psalm 24:1-2 NKJV
Let’s face it, everything is God’s property, yes…including you! When you create or make something, that is yours, as a matter of law. Well, the same applies to God, wouldn’t it? We are speaking of metaphysical law, or natural law. Whatever God created is His! It just makes sense.
Each and every one of us, when we start out on our own actually seek to make his, or her, mark on this world. We seek to obtain our 15 minutes of fame, in one, way, shape, or form. Some of us do so, some of us are redirected by meeting Jesus, and many of us hold on to the notion of wealth and riches without God as part of our plan. God knows and sees into our hearts, we are told in the Bible:
…for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever. ~ 1Chronicles 28:9 NKJV
These are but a few of the things that we learn. God searches our hearts, He understands ALL the intentions of your thoughts. If you truly seek Him, YOU will find Him. If you cast Him off, you too will be cast away, forever!
Humble yourselves before your fellow man, you can actually garner more cooperation this way. Cut away all arrogance from your daily diet on how to treat people, you will find a greater respect toward you. Everything falls back to simplicity; consider this: Jesus taught everyone in a simple and yet profound fashion. He taught with parables in order to get everyone’s attention, in order to, expand upon that which was taught in the scriptures. Jesus spoke with authority and He redefined what was meant by the scriptures. Something the Pharisees and the Sadducees did not do. Jesus also warned us, or His fellow Jews, that the actions of the teachers of the law was wrong and improper. They would place heavy burdens upon the people and at no time would they help them; while at the same time they themselves would would act contrary to the teachings they espoused (because, like all men, believe themselves to be exempt.)
Beware of what you feed your mind with…including the teaching of pastors. We must be willing to challenge that which is contrarily taught in comparison to the Biblical text. We need to have such integrity, and if we are wrong this is where you get the necessary clarification. Don’t make it a big argument, just approach the pastor and ask. talk to one or two others and get their take on it.
Sorry, didn’t mean to get run off track there, but it does happen. Everyone, being human, has tendencies to seek out their 15 minutes of fame. We don’t always find it…but we search. Sometimes we never attain it because we finally find God it trying to talk to us and guide us toward our primary purpose, for which He made us! Some of us listen and begin to follow, others ignore. Just remember, you have until your final breath in order to turn your life around.
Just think about that! We are all the same, believe it or not.
May God Richly Bless You My Beloved!
MK Murphy, PhD, DD