WOW! My day has hardly begun and I have already had a great day. It was one of those mornings that I woke up before any of my girls and had sometime to myself. What to do? What to do? I turned on some music, washed some dishes. Then I just sat and read the Bible. I was wrapped in comfort as I sat, read and had a cup of fresh HOT coffee! (All you moms know how hard it is to get a hot cup of coffee)
My mind began to go crazy as I read what Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians. He is free and belongs to no one, yet he makes himself a slave to all men to win as many as he could? He becomes all things to all people so that by all possible ways some might be save? How do you become all things to all people? Just the thought of it makes my mind crazy. I wonder how is it possible for me to change like that? I would for sure look like a schizophrenic.
By the time my husband got home my mind was going crazy. What does he mean by this? How would it look if I were to do it in my own life? How do I teach something like this to my girls? And how do I apply it to the work I am doing now? My husband is great with these kind of conversations. He won't answer it for me, but he challenges me to find the answer myself. He will ask great questions to get me to the eventual answer I was initially looking for....Humility.
Paul was speaking to his culture at the time. The Jews saw themselves as the best and better than everyone else. Those following the law looked down on those who saw themselves as free from the law. Those who did not have the law saw everyone else in bondage and not set free. There was conflict and that conflict drove people to prideful hearts. Humility was something they all thought they had, but most had failed at it.
How do we interact with people? I wonder sometimes in trying to help someone do I come across as I see myself as better than them? Am I coming with humility that we are all the same? Today is a great day because I look at how I interact with people much differently, and making sure I don't view myself as better than them because I am not where they are. All this to save people and to help people. How do you see humility in your life?