The reading for today is Luke 22:24-30
24 A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25 But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. 26 But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.28 “You are those who have stood by me in my trials; 29 and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, 30 so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
Throughout the Bible there are several paradoxical sayings of Jesus that are counter-intuitive, counter-cultural and counter to common-sense: give to receive; to be first, be last; to save your life, you must lose it.
How do we live the paradoxical saying central in today’s devotion: to be great, you must be least?
The answer is pretty straight-forward, yet nearly impossible to accomplish. I have learned this the hard way … as I have tried over and over again to be humble, yet still seem to fall down. According to Elizabeth Peale Allen, six steps help us learn to walk humbly with our God … to develop a relationship with Christ by taking on an attitude of humility.
1. Remember who’s in charge—and praise Him!
2. Pray for a humble heart.
3. Pay more attention to your own faults than to the flaws of others.
4. Don’t hide behind your dignity—it’s pride’s favorite hiding place.
5. Try not to watch yourself worship.
6. Serve others.
Dear God, help us to walk humbly with you today and tomorrow … as we take steps forward in our journey of faith. Amen