Day 188 – The Humble Way
On: May 7, 2015 | By: SWLadmin
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When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honour at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honour, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 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 honoured in the presence of all the other guests. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14:7-11
Working in central London, I am not unfamiliar with people jostling for position, whether squeezing onto a Tube train or climbing the career ladder. Conventional wisdom goes: it’s every man for his own, so get those elbows out.
Jesus advocates a different way. Approach life with humility and you will find yourself lifted up as and when He decides. This is nonsense to the worldly mindset. Doormat Central! “The world doesn’t owe you a living; you’ve got to create your own success.”
But if there is indeed a God, One who made the World, for Whom history is simply the working out of His plan into eternity, then the perspective changes – radically. We may become a hero in our own lunch hour through our own efforts, but if we want to be part of an outworking of history that actually counts, we need to tune into God’s plan. For a plan he has: We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
The testimony of my own career aligns with Jesus’s parable. I have tried, over four decades, to pursue a number of different career paths. The door to each has stayed closed. Meanwhile, the job I started out with, and have stuck with all along, is the place where I have been lifted up to a senior position, without having applied for a job, a promotion or a pay rise in 30 years. I can only conclude that this is where Jesus wants me, and will keep me until it’s time to move on. It’s not always been comfortable, but to God be the glory, for He has made all the moves, whilst I have simply tried to be where I believe He wants me.
Reader, you will have to weigh for yourself whether this has been a rather unfocused life of modest achievement; or a humble walk in the footsteps of One who has faithfully led me along the way. I swing from one view to the other. But I have hung on in there, regardless.
Lord Jesus, thank you for taking the initiative to close doors and opening opportunities before me as I have walked life’s path. Through all my frailties and fluctuations, You have been a lamp for my feet and a light on my path. Thank you. Amen