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06/21/2010

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Upside Down


"For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted" (Lk.14:11).

Did you see the photo in the newspaper yesterday of BP's CEO cavorting around off the coast of England on his $700,000 yacht. The Yiddish term for that would be "Chutzpah." It means a lot of nerve or gall. Our word for it would be temerity or arrogance. Just as it does not look like it can get any worse for residents of the coast of Louisiana, this story breaks. In corporate America, or corporate anywhere for that matter, leadership and authority would seem to make strange bedfellows with humility and service..It seems that money....lots of it....is always the answer. Great men of the world either wield power with an over-bearing force, or a lot of money. On Wall Street, the powerful wave money and say "jump", and those under them take it say, "how high." We look on, shrug our shoulders and say, "that's just the way of the world...

It wasn't the way of Jesus though! There were folks of power in His day too. "You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to be great among you must be your servant.....just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many" (Matt. 20: 25-28). Today's verse is the last line of a parable that Jesus had just taught. He told it after He had observed how the guests at a banquet picked the places of honor at the table. The parable advises that when attending the banquet that one ought to seek a lower place rather than a higher one. He says that if we choose the higher place, and a more important person arrives, that we will be demoted. Conversely, if we choose the lowest place, the host will move us up to a better place. All of this transpires in front of all the guests. Jesus' teaching moment here is today's verse..."For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." Jesus ransomed His life that we could see more clearly. That we would see the contrast between weakness and strength......power and servitude....meekness and might. In Jesus day, the power of Rome was no match for the power of the gospel. Jesus turned the power structure, upside down. In the Christian world, it has remained that way...

Have a great beginning to your week...Start it with a RAK or two.....Love mark Phil. 4:11

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