Wednesday, June 22, 2016

This Sunday at Locust Hill UMC: Favorites: We are a Dirt People

We as a Christ following people are called to be a dirt-loving kind of people. The word humility is grafted from the word hummus which means earth or dirt. Our life as Christ followers is to be grounded in not our social status, jobs, prestige  position and so forth no it is much more the call to think of less of ourselves. There is no doubt that humility is lost in our culture and society. Every one is trying to measure up. Every one is seeking their own way. Every one looks for how something might profit them. I think it is no wonder when we hear scriptures such as "if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." The temptation is to move right past this word humility. Jesus spent quite of bit of time teaching about humility. One place Jesus says if you have a place of honor at the table get up and move to the lower place. Screaming in our brains is "but I earned this" or "I deserve this." Humility is telling that voice to shut up. Another instance that is most famous is where Jesus says the first will be last. For most of us we have worked hard all our life to get to the front of the line and we are at a loss if we have to go back of the line. Even with Jesus' promise that is a really good spot in his eyes but we have chosen to look away. 
Church committee meetings where ideas are tossed that we don't like and we ask "how will it profit me?" or "what will I lose?". Humility calls us to glean from that small morsel that possibly looks at what others might gain.

We can spend our lives chasing after the front of the line and trying to measure hope to everyone. We can spend our lives trying to get our opinion heard but do know that we do forsake something. We forsake the promise of healing. We forsake life. 

May we join the tax collector in his prayer, "Lord, have mercy on me a sinner!"