OF FIRST IMPORTANCE
December 14, 2008
THE FIRST TO KNOW
Humility is good! It’s readily available and willing to respond. It will listen and hear, risk and change, follow and be easily taught. Humility always precedes honor. Maybe that’s why God says, when the humble hear Him they will be glad, experience His grace, and be highly honored at the proper time.
Only a proud man complains about his status, and circumstances. Only a proud man feels entitled to more and better. Only a proud man expects to be honored and included in the inner circle of those who are “in the know.” The humble man? He knows that every good thing comes to us from the Father who brightens all our days. He joyfully serves and is available to hear new instructions, and he’s ready to risk change as well as eagerly follow and be taught more of his Father’s ways.
Listen! “Some shepherds were taking care of their sheep one night, and an angel suddenly showed up, right there among them. He said The Savior — The promised Messiah — had just been born in Bethlehem, and they should go over there and see Him. Then, the whole sky was full of singing angels. ‘Glory to God in heaven and peace to men on the earth.’ Think about it. They were the first to know! Why humble shepherds? What was God thinking?
Well, for starters, they didn’t ask the angel if he was sure he was in the right place. No questions and no careful discussion. Just eager response. They ran to fmd Him. In their awestruck wonder, they ran… and knelt to worship their God and King!
If God had done that with the religious leaders, I think they would have first checked their commentaries. The politicians would have considered the “political correctness” of it all. And the educators? This would have threatened their conveniently rewritten history. The successful and elite would have found it necessary to consult their I-phones. As for the Church folks, they may have wondered about the words, music, and artist singing this new worship song. “When and where can we get it?”
But the humble? They were so awestruck by the wonder, they responded immediately to the honor of even being included in the moment. Their excitement carried them, it seemed, on wings of eagles to where they could kneel to receive and worship Him.
That’s the way it is for the humble. It seems these kneeling worshippers experience Him first, and… perhaps best, as they eagerly respond with culturally undiluted wonder.