Eating with your feet?

My friend, may I ask you a question? When we make our own feelings and appearance more important than the wishes of our host or hostess it truly is false humility and we need to avoid it. And, you know what, it’s even worse when we do it to our God?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

We’ve all been to buffet dinners and had those odd, uncomfortable moments of etiquette when we just didn’t know what was proper. Ok, you are all gathered in the kitchen to say the table prayer and upon “Amen” no one approaches the dinner line for fear that they might be perceived as first in line. Did you know that etiquette says that the person closest to the line, except if it is a child and there are adults present, should begin the line? The best solution, of course, is for the host or hostess to indicate who should go first. It is really his or her choice. The other one is when to begin eating. This one is a little easier, but it still can cause issues. You get through the buffet line and others are still waiting or passing through. Do you start eating? Yes, etiquette is that you begin eating as soon as your food is in place in front of you. That is, of course, if proper table prayers or toasts have been given. How often have you heard someone say in these circumstances, “Oh, I can’t go first?” Or, “I’ll wait until everyone is seated before eating.” Both declarations are what is called faux etiquette (false manners). In the end, whether we like it or not, false manners are an insult to your host or hostess.

Sometimes the things we consider humble are really only a cover for our own unwillingness to comply with being the good guest. Our own feelings and appearance are more important than the wishes of our host or hostess. This truly is false humility and we need to avoid it. And, you know what, it’s even worse when we do it to our God.

Oswald Chambers writes: “Conversely, the things that sound humble before God may sound exactly the opposite to people. To say, “Thank God, I know I am saved and sanctified,” is in God’s eyes the purest expression of humility. It means you have so completely surrendered yourself to God that you know He is true. Never worry about whether what you say sounds humble before others or not. But always be humble before God, and allow Him to be your all in all. There is only one relationship that really matters, and that is your personal relationship to your personal Redeemer and Lord. If you maintain that at all costs, letting everything else go, God will fulfill His purpose through your life. One individual life may be of priceless value to God’s purposes, and yours may be that life.”

In his letter to the Corinthians the Apostle Paul wrote. “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.” God’s grace is free, so it’s an insult to beg his pardon and go to the back of the line or not begin consuming the ministry work before us out of some false sense of being spiritually polite? God has a purpose for your life and mine, just like that buffet host or hostess. Here’s the food and there’s the table. What are you waiting for? Trying too hard to be humble before men is like eating politely with your feet. You may be holding the implements right, but using your feet just isn’t couth. Being spiritually couth with God is a good idea. Right?

We pray. Heavenly Father, your free grace is so rich and overflowing that sometimes we just can’t fathom its depth or breadth. That’s why we sometimes forget that it is free and has no price. Forgive us Father when we, in false humility, bow and back away from your spiritual will for us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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God bless you for Jesus sake.

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