How important are people? We tend to think of people in many ways. Sometimes we see them as just “in our way.” Other times we view them as stepping stones, something we can use to accomplish our goals. Often, we just don’t think of them at all.
Jesus saw people as worthy of His attention and His care. He never demanded titles or honors for Himself. He was comfortable being known as the son of a carpenter. He didn’t correct Mary when she mistook Him for the ground’s keeper. He was willing to wrap Himself in a towel and wash the feet of His disciples.
Are we not asked to do the same? The story is told of a well-known speaker who was once asked to speak to a large gathering. The guest speaker was a humble man who was never prone to highlighting his own accomplishments, but was always quick to offer praise to others. As he walked onto the stage many in the audience recognized him and began to applaud. He quickly took his seat and immediately turned to the person next to him saying, “I think they want to hear from you.”
As the lesser known person rose to the podium the well-known speaker rose to his feet in thunderous applause encouraging the audience to do the same. He was quick to shift the spotlight from himself to others.
Paul said it well when he wrote, “Give each other more honor than you want for yourselves.” (Romans 12:10) Good advice for us as well. Let’s determine to make others feel they are important… important to God and important to us.

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who… made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant.”  Philippians 2:5-7a (KJV)



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