Along the side of the road in the Congo I saw a woman squatted next to a pile of large gravel. She had a small pick-hammer in one hand and was breaking up a large purplish rock to add it to her pile, her for-sale pile. Does the picture of her inspire pity? Admiration? Gratitude?
Recently I find myself intrigued with a man who was baptized at our church. He lives homeless with his mother and father. I want to ask him so many questions. Where do you stay at night? How do you get by? What work have your tried? Where do you shower?
There’s a bigger question for me and perhaps for you as well. It’s about HUMILITY.
Do we consider ourselves higher than someone else simply because we have the ability to earn more money or have more advantages? (The Word on Finances by Larry Burkett)
Our world values position and wealth. Is that what we find valuable in a person? Is someone less important because they have little? Not to God they aren’t.
The humble will inherit the land, and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity. (Psalm 37:11)
Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:4)
Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly. Do not be wise in your own estimation. (Romans 12:16)
In The Word on Finances, Larry Burkett, founder of Crown Financial Ministries, says,” …having humility means we can accept God’s blessings without feeling superior to any other individual.”
God wants to use our money (among other things) to deal with our attitudes, with our heart of hearts. For me it’s sometimes hard to look deep inside and be honest. Can we honestly admired that woman in Congo? She puts in very hard days of work to provide for her family.