MONDAY 9 May, 2016
After this it happened that Absalom provided himself with chariots and horses, and fifty men to run before him. - 2 Samuel 15:1
Remember Absalom had come back home and David had forgiven him. He now had the freedom to roam around at will. He was a famed prince, who thought very highly of himself. He set about to make a commanding presence where ever he went by having chariots, horses and a large entourage to run before him. Notice his pride and self-importance.
There is a danger when we begin to think highly of ourselves. It breeds pride instead of humility in our lives. We bring attention to ourselves and like to be known and seen in public. This is not how we should be as Christians. We must always give glory to the Lord.
The Apostle Paul taught Christians how they should really think of themselves: For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think… (Romans 12:3).Jesus who is the King of kings and Lord of lords gave us the ultimate example of true humility. Philippians 2:5-8 tells us:
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Who do you identify with the most, Absalom or Christ Jesus?
He is genuinely great who considers himself small and cares nothing about high honours.
~Thomas à Kempis~
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