Friday, September 23, 2011

IBS: Humility

Luke 17:7—“Will an one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’?

I picked up my morning devotion this morning and read:           
If I have not compassion on my fellow-servant, even as my Lord had pity on me, then I know nothing of Calvary Love
If I belittle those whom I am called to serve, talk of their weak points in contrast perhaps with what I think of as my strong points; if I adopt a superior attitude, forgetting “who made thee to differ? And what hast thou that thou hast not received?” then I know nothing of Calvary love.

            —Amy Charmichael (From the book “If”)

How easy would it be to look at the people of Africa and think that I am there to serve them because I am superior to them? How easy would it be to see them on the street begging for money or food and throw their needs their way without taking the time to hear their story or get to know them at all? How easy would it be to belittle those who have virtually nothing? I am the same, if not worse, than the people I will encounter. I know that the people of Africa have so much to offer and so much to teach me, but I must go into this time in life with an open mind. I must step of the plane and be ready to learn, not ready to teach. I want to take these people and look at them as friends, and family. I want to hold them on the same level as anybody that I know here in America and sit at a table to dine with them and glean from their wisdom. 

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