27th October 2019


“Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great; for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here,’ than to be put lower in the presence of a noble.”
Proverbs 25:6-7 (NRSV UK)

The story is told about a rider who came across soldiers trying to move a heavy log without success. The corporal was standing by watching. The rider asked the corporal why he wasn’t helping. The corporal replied: “I am the corporal; I give orders.” In response, the rider said nothing. Instead he dismounted, joined the soldiers and worked with them to move the heavy log. With his help, the task finally was done. Who was this helpful rider? None other than George Washington, the Commander-in-Chief. He quietly mounted his horse, turned to the corporal and said, “The next time your men need help, send for the Commander-in-Chief.”

Humility is one of the most revered characteristics a person can have. George Washington did not think it beneath him to help soldiers with something that needed to be done. Humility is about being modest, respectful and putting others before yourself. It is not calling attention to self or thinking more highly of self than you ought.

Jesus harkens back to the proverb, above, while eating a meal at the house of a leader of the Pharisees. He noticed how the guests chose the places of honour in which to sit. He told them, “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, do not sit down at the place of honour, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited by your host; and the host who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give this person your place,’ and then in disgrace you would start to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down at the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher’; then you will be honoured in the presence of all who sit at the table with you. For all who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Luke 14:8-11).

Humility compels us to put others before ourselves, especially others we would otherwise overlook or forget. We always have the choice to give in to our pride, or we can let the humility of Christ lead us in our thoughts and deeds. Whether helping someone, or giving up your seat for someone, may humility be your default response.

Gracious Father, we know how we should live and what we should do. But so often we get in the way. Help us, please, to as it were stand aside, and let Jesus remind us what we should do, how we should behave. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Presented by Greg Williams

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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