Saturday: 17th November, 2018
Reference text: Luke 18:1-8
Luke 18:4 And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
Flashy cars, giant houses, a good job and a good spouse: these are some of the things that when one boasts about, the general reception from society is ‘errm, you can boast about those’, but do expect a degree of envy. However, when one begins boasting about character, others begin to raise eyebrows.
For whatever reason, it appears the unwritten convention is ‘the best judges of our character are not ourselves, but others’. That probably explains why academic and character references are needed for many applications these days. Jesus presented the judge in the Gospel as one who ‘neither feared God nor regarded man’. That was a serious negative description of a man in his office but, the judge casually seemed to accept that description, in his words ‘though I do not fear God nor regard man…’
So the question I pondered on was: ‘had he come to accept that description of him from outside-in or had he portrayed that character to others from the inside-out? The right answer is important because our existing society is one that easily presents tags that often make others feel inferior, less important and even, unaccepted. Hence, if we allow the negative descriptions of society to become labels imprinted on us, then we will be in big trouble.
Nonetheless, if that description was because of the character he showed for others to see, then there also is a problem. We ought not be boastful about the ‘bad’ traits we have, but rather work on correcting them. My dear, what we show to others, they may believe; and what others say about us, we can believe. Let us be careful therefore in navigating through this territory.
Remember # don’t just accept any label society presents.