True Greatness - Fruitfulness and Regarding the Lowly - Thursday, October 19th
Then he turned to his host. “When you put on a luncheon or a banquet,” he said, “don’t invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors. For they will invite you back, and that will be your only reward. Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you.” Luke 14:12-14
For though the Lord is exalted, yet He regards the lowly, but the haughty He knows from afar. Psalm 138:6
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep. Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Romans 12:15-16
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
It is an interesting phenomenon that as we become more and more accustomed to the path of humility and the great life in Christ that results, we become more oriented to the lowly, hurting people of this world. This is because not only do we become less oriented to the paths of greatness the world offers, but we become less oriented to the people who walk those paths. As a matter of fact we begin to see that much of the pain and suffering in the lives of the lowly is rooted in these so-called great paths and the so-called great people who walk on them. It only makes sense that if God regards the lowly so should we by going out of our way to associate with them and care for them in genuine and helpful ways. God does not leave room for haughtiness, does He?
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I guess I still need more humility because I continue to shy away from regarding the lowly through direct personal involvement and care. Lead me to some special person or family that I can befriend, accept, love and care for in ways that genuinely help and make a lasting difference. I truly want to be a fruitful person who makes a difference in this world for the sake of your kingdom and for your honor and glory. Amen!
Posted on Thu, October 19, 2017
by Ken Hart