Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I'm not worthy
You remember that from the movie "Wayne's World", when Wayne and Garth would meet one of their heroes? However, sometimes the opposite of that happens when people expect you to bow down to them, like they are special, better than you, or above others and they are not deserving.
You may know the Bible speaks of "Pride comes before the fall" (Proverbs 16:18), but why is it that some people take their faith, "calling", or religion so serious, that they become arrogant, haughty, or stuck-up, when those things are the opposite of what it means to be a christian, pastor, or preacher. We must be humble, sincere, and seek out the good of others and most of all God's glory before ourselves.
We live in a world of mega-churches Pastors and televangelists that demand their own parking space, want treated like a celebrity or apostle, and love the attention the comes with being a "Preacher". Or they are so puffed up with what they think is their own knowledge, gifts, and "know it all" you can hardly be around them. You can't talk to them, because they are never wrong, you can't debate them because they don't listen except to their own voice, and you can't reason with them, because are more righteous than you. This isn't just preacher's, this goes for some christians as well.
I got news for all of us out there(yes, me too!), we are not better than anyone else. It doesn't matter your last name, your position in society, your title, your education, how much money you make, or how many books you've read. Not one person is better than the other. I don't care if you've been to church your whole life, been a christian most of your life, or been to seminary, bible college, or ordained a minister, elder, deacon, or duke of Earl, as the saying goes, "All ground is level at the foot of the cross."
We all need Jesus. We all need a Savior. We all fall short and sin every day(Romans 8:28), none of us know it all, and no one is better than the other. No color of skin, no amount of income, and no job title will get you any closer to God.
If we want to grow in our knowledge, faith, and wisdom of God, then we need to be humble and teachable. If we want God to use our abilities and talents for His purpose, we need be be humble and willing. If we want to make a difference in this world then we must be humble and serve like Christ.