Weekly Sabbath Survey
What Kind of Pie? — 6-20-13
Some months ago I read an article by Lee Grady telling about a visiting minister who spoke at a church Grady knew. When the “servant” driver arrived at the hotel to pick up the minister and assistant, the minister took one look at the SUV and said, “I can’t ride in THAT!” The minister went back into the hotel. The assistant told the driver the minister would ride only in a Bentley, Mercedes, or Lincoln Town Car. Grady opined, “And Jesus rode into town on a donkey.” He went on to describe the minister’s rude behavior when arriving at the church. This person is looked up to by millions of us who have no idea what he/she is really like. About ten years ago I saw this person myself minister at my church in San Antonio. He/she was so haughty and full of ‘self’ it was painful to watch. I felt more like weeping than anything else. The congregation seemed to love it. But I think this person has never been invited back there.
The next day, after reading Lee’s article, I got this from my friend Bonnie Manning:
At Bible study a young man was talking about being humble. He started with how the Son of God washed his disciples’ dirty feet. I thought about how a couple of the disciples who were actually brothers, wanted to sit beside Jesus in the kingdom of heaven. While they thought of exalting themselves Jesus was busy thinking about how He was the Lamb, the sacrificial lamb, whose blood would be poured out and He then humbly got on bended knee and began to scrub the feet of men who were busy exalting themselves.
Then the mother of James and John, the two brothers, came to Jesus to plead their cause. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor “What is your request?” he asked. She replied, “In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left.”You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Are you able to drink the cup I am going to drink?” “We are,” they answered. Matthew 20:20-22
It seems we Believers and church-goers want our leaders to be forceful, dynamic speakers. We tend to believe what they say because of their presentation, as much as the content. We like it when they dazzle us. We admire them, even help them to adore themselves by flocking around them. No one speaks up to correct this kind of leader. Some of them need a BIG bite of humble pie. (Webster: submission, apology, or retraction usually made under pressure.)
Where are the people who will speak up and point out the haughty spirit so many Believers have adopted? I see the people of The Church who are carrying the holy fire for all the rest of Christianity. I pray for these who have heard the Lord and answered, “Lord, we are able.” These Holy Fire saints are many times surrounded in their meetings by ones who attend faithfully, but have no fire in them. The fire people are waiting to spread the fire to anyone who will hear of it. But so many people in the pew have a puffed up spirit they got from their teachers. They LOVE the fluffy cotton candy message, too. The “fire” people sit, weep, and pray, but are not permitted to speak. They are, of course, too negative. Humility is in short supply, mostly because there is so little demand for it.
Meanwhile people like that person in Grady’s story prance around and seem to regard themselves as so very ‘special.’ They get invited here and there, and write best seller books. I pray for more discerners among us and discernment in us, or at the least spiritual sense enough to hear the truth when someone who discerns get to speaks. I pray we do not confuse a haughty spirit with being confident in the Lord.
Here’s the bottom line: from the smallest guy who mows the grass at the building, all the way up the chain to the Pope or Billy Graham — if we are not a footwashing servant of the footwashing King, our supposed salvation may be in peril before the Lord. We must repent and, if need be, get saved, whatever it is we need to do to begin serving with humility. I write this harsh truth for those of us who think they are OK, but may not be. At the same time I am praying that I am not one of them myself. Paul said something about being careful so he, having preached to others, did not find himself cast aside. [1 Corinthians 9:27]
Many will say to me on that day, “Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name? And in your name we have cast out devils? And in your name did many miracles?” Then I will declare to them. “I never knew you, get away from me, you that work iniquity.” Matthew 9:22-23
Charlene Reams Manning
Believer in the Lord Jesus Messiah