A story is told about a man who asked his
rabbi why people couldn’t see the face of God. What had happened that
they could no longer reach high enough to see God?
|Humility means not puttingyourself either above or below others; it means not thinking about yourposition on a scale.|
rabbi, a very old man, had experienced a lot in his life and was very
wise. “My son,” he said, “that is not the way it is at all. You cannot
see the face of God because there are so few who can stoop that low.
How sad this is, but it is the truth. Learn to bend, to bow, to kneel
and stoop and you will be able to see God face-to-face.”
story reminds us of another saying: The door to the kingdom of God is
exactly as high as you are when you walk on your knees. If you are
standing tall, full of pride, you can’t get through.
in the marketplace, the opposite behavior is promoted. You can’t get
ahead, we’re told, unless you promote yourself, take center stage and
claim all the credit for success, even if this means climbing on the
backs of your co-workers.
Contrast this approach to the behavior
of Jesus. He encouraged his disciples to create a community of equals.
After they argued over who was the greatest, he knelt before them and
washed their feet. “I am among you,” he said another time, “as one who
serves” (Luke 22:27
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