Devotional: ‘Caring for Ordinary People’

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Romans 12:16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!

It was the desire for importance that caused the angel Lucifer to rebel against his Creator. It was with that same desire that he enticed Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. Pride has caused many people to do many foolish things. Yet Scripture says – “God sets himself against the proud, but he shows favor to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5) Of the seven things God detests, a proud look is listed as #1. (Pr 6:17)

“Don’t try to act important, but enjoy the company of ordinary people.” Jesus spent much of His time with ordinary people. He was born into the home of a carpenter. He chose fishermen to be His disciples. He rebuked those who were full of self-importance and ministered to the downtrodden.

It is said that many years ago a young man was invited to a dinner hosted by someone who was very wealthy. He arrived late and therefore had no time to change from his travel-stained clothes. To his horror, he soon discovered that all the other guests were dressed in tuxedos and evening gowns.

He was deeply embarrassed over his appearance and didn’t know what to do. He was about to leave when he was greeted by the host. But instead of being dressed in elaborate clothing, the wealthy man was wearing an old suit. He had been told of the young man’s plight and in order to help his young friend feel more at ease, he clothed himself with humility.

Perhaps the church would be making a far greater impact upon this world if we would end the show and start ministering to those in need.

Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters.
Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith?
Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom
he promised to those who love him?
James 2:5

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