Fools For Christ

For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the man who humbles himself will be exalted

Luke 14:11
Sirach 3:17-18,20,28-29; Psalms 68:4-7,10-11; Hebrews 12:18-19,22-24; Luke 14:1,7-14

Some years ago, host Bryant Gumble interviewed the late poet, Maya Angelou, on the Today Show. “What are your goals in life?” he asked. To which the sixty-something poet replied, “I want to be a Christian.” And then she added, “When people come up to me and say they’re Christians, I am tempted to ask, ‘Already?'”

In a classic “Peanuts” cartoon, Linus and Charlie Brown are sitting and talking about their plans for the future. Linus says, “When I get big I’m going to be a humble little country doctor. I’ll live in the city, and every morning I’ll get up, climb into my sports car and zoom into the country! Then I’ll start healing people. I’ll heal everybody for miles around!” In the last panel he concludes his little speech exclaiming, “I’ll be a world famous, humble little country doctor!”

Isn’t that the way it is for so many of us? We’re too quick to proclaim our Christianity without remembering that humility is an…

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