A quick perusal of the phone book or any directory would yield some interesting facts. Some companies jockey for the position to be listed first. Thus, they will append prefixes to their company names like A-1 Mechanics or AA Repair. This trend has been taken to a whole new level with companies now listing AAA Plumbing or even AAAA Electrical. All this to be placed first!
So much effort to be first. I suppose we owe it to the hypercompetitive society that we live in, that ingrains within us, the “Me First!” mentality.
What a difference and welcome answer that Jesus Christ gives to us!
When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, “Give your place to this person,” and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, “Friend, move up higher.” Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Luke 14:8-11 (ESV)
I often wonder what would happen if the world emulated this humble attitude and followed Jesus’ teachings? The world sometimes equates humility and meekness with passiveness or weakness. But nothing could be further from the truth! Jesus Christ was the most humble and meek man who ever lived and He accomplished more in His lifetime than anyone who has ever lived or ever will live. How? He took upon Himself the punishment that all mankind deserved for rebelling against God. In a supreme moment of love and humility, He died on the Cross and God resurrected Him from the dead. And because of this, everyone who confesses their sins, repents and acknowledges Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior will be saved.
Yes, God did put your needs first by dying for you. Won’t you trust Him with your life?
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.