42/100 #SoWillI #Inspired
Favoritism and discrimination in families can be traumatizing. I’m so glad that most parents I know have realized that all children and members of the family are important: The level of education, social status, wealth and even marital status should not make one more important in a family setting. We joke a lot during the Christmas season on how when families come together, the most wealthy members pick their favourite sodas first. Then the ‘others’ are left with no choice but the remaining row of krest. It may seem funny but it is so cruel and inconsiderate.
Sadly the same mentality creeps in some of our churches. We are ranked according to how much money we contribute as tithes, offerings and gifts. Some congregations tremble and scatter when a politician walks in and they suddenly refocus their worship form God to the politicians. We even have ministries that belong to the elite and special members, while others are considered unimportant. Heard people throw around statements like ‘Those are JUST Sunday school teachers” or “I cannot go for door to door ministry, thats for these young jobless youth, we need to keep them busy” or even “this one is a C.E.O, please ushers show him/her to the front seats” this one is so sad because sometimes ‘others’ are displaced so that important people get a chance.
I have been reading the book of Ezra and one of the major lessons that I have learnt is that when rebuilding the temple, no one was too important to be involved. We see prophets and priests actively participating in the construction work. They would have chosen to give orders and only pop in to supervise and see the progress, but no. they chose not to be too important for casual labour. Humilty at play, knowing that “Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and Jeshua son of Jozadak rose up and began to rebuild the house of God in Jerusalem. And the prophets of God were with them, helping them.” Ezra 5:2
Pride comes before a fall, (Proverbs 16:18) The Bible also warns us against thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to. (Romans 12:3) It is one thing when people esteem us, but another when we esteem ourselves above others. It hinders us from being teachable and submitting to God. Thank God for what you have achieved and acquired, but don’t let it blur your vision. You are not too important for odd jobs, you are not too special to be involved in some ministries. When/If God sends you, go! Even when people know your status, remember to humble yourself. I don’t mean that you should despise yourself, no. You are valuable, you are important. But not too important to be used of God, not too important to be part of the construction crew.
It may start out as just doing dishes, but God might be up to something bigger. Maybe someone who would not approach you while seated with the strong and mighty will finally come talk to you when you choose to come down to that level. Humility is the road to greatness. Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up. That odd job may be your stepping stone to your breakthrough.