2 CORINTHIANS 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
My husband very rarely says something negative about others but there is one particular woman he has never liked. I never had an issue with her because she always seemed polite enough to me.
Additionally, she has an adult handicapped son. This young man is incapable of living independently, so I gradually, caretaking has taken a toll on her. She has never outwardly shown that though. She was always so kind, doting on him, I was impressed with the grace and tenderness she has exhibited throughout the years. This was partially why I did not share My husband’s opinion of her. Even though he was not a fan of her personality, he did admit that she cared very well for her child.
We were around her yesterday at an event and she seemed like a different person, not for the better. Her husband is doing very well with his business, thus she has affiliated herself with various social organizations which apparently have influenced her demeanor. Several years ago, she was warm and engaging but I was surprised and disappointed to find an exceedingly snobbish attitude.
I have been around my share of arrogance, so that didn’t phase me so much. I just shrug that off as an unfortunate, especially when they do not understand that it is not personal success or life’s entitlement for them, but God’s provision.
What bothered me the most was that her son was trying to communicate with her, and in the years I have known her, to me, I have never seen her treat him with such disregard. It was as though he was invisible or a bother, as she just zoned in on her newest version, high priced phone.
When things and status get in the way and mold who we are, that is when THEY own US, not the other way.
Our Lord, praise Him, is not changeable, but people are, either positively or in a negative way.
I’m certainly not saying that I have it all together and have this fantastic understanding of who and what is important! I pray the Lord will open my eyes as well (the ones with a plank in them)! I do hope that she will see through the shallow society and realize deep, meaningful relationships are not reserved for those who can afford her company.
Our Lord is in the unseen! He was not born on this earth with wealth and privilege, nor did He live in palaces. He came from Glory and returned to Paradise! Do you know of a king would send his child, willing to be born of such humble estate, live in meager means, only to be slaughtered by those he came to save? Who but Jesus could have such love as to do this for mankind? The Savior, our Creator, endured scoffing and mockery. Do you think He was ever subjected to others acting superior to Him? .
What would that have shown those of us who are not of that upper class, if He had associated only with those having influence? Our God IS Power and Authority, so He needed NOTHING this world could offer, instead, He offered Himself to the world!
Biblical views: Attempts at self-promotion:
Mark 10: 35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come unto Him, saying, Master, we would that thou shouldest do for us whatsoever we shall desire.36 And He said unto them, What would ye that I should do for you?37 They said unto Him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on Thy right hand, and the other on Thy left hand, in thy Glory.
What was the Lord’s response? .. Look it up and keep reading! “Homework”? Let’s just call it a suggestion for additional learning!
Even the sign hanging above Jesus on the cross pronounced ridicule about Who He claimed to be. Oh the foolishness of doubt! Unknowingly, they did appropriately title that Perfect, Suffering Servant, “King of the Jews”. The intent was to humiliate a poor, powerless carpenter, low in stature and insignificant. Praise God in His wondrous ways! The Father used their ignorance and defiance to proclaim the Truth of Jesus Is! Matthew 27:37 And set up over His head His accusation written, “‘THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS'” A M E N~
Lord and King
Thank You for the sacrifices Jesus made
Coming down from GLORY
To be born in a manger
Luke 9:58 tells us “And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man hath not where to lay His head”.
That does not sound like affluence
But how much more so is it
You found fitting to raise up the King of kings!
Our Almighty God
You say that we are not to show favoritism against those who are without or have little
Jesus did not associate Himself with only those able to afford the finest clothes, nor did He limit access to only substantial incomes who contributed significantly to His ministry. He did not pledge loyalty to the highly educated, nicely groomed or well-respected
James 2:1-4 Tells us “Brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?”
Please, Father, be with this woman mentioned above
And others like her, whose sense of self-worth is measured by what the world sees and recognizes
We don’t ask proudly, Father, because we know it is by Your grace alone that keeps us grounded
Otherwise we would be no different and at times,
Maybe not with financial boastings, but on spiritual matters, we tend to adopt attitudes
Forgive us, please, may we recognize, acknowledge and cease
Pride is pride, Lord, regardless
Give us only desire to boast in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!
Almighty King, we as Your children, are priceless
But by Your determination of value
By the shedding of Your blood alone
And not of our own merit
What we are given on this earth
Please let us not hold on to with a proud grasp and wave about as fruit of our own accomplishment
Nor associate with those who are impressed or drawn to us because of what we own
Please don’t allow what we have to determine who we are
The world’s measurements are tainted and inaccurate
We ask forgiveness if we have even been haughty, O God
Please keep our hearts focused on the True Provider
Humble, loving and thankful for each blessing
ALL we have is Yours and not ours that we have right to boast
May we be humble, generous and sincere!
In the Name of Jesus, Amen
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