Submission to the Vulnerable
Written By Reid Kapple
Now before you start labeling me as an elitist, you have to admit that in some area of your life, you do this same thing. We all operate with this inherent habit of creating a kind of taxonomy of value that we use to ascribe varying degrees of value to other people. And we typically do so by using ourselves as the foundational standard. For example, we are more likely to listen to and value the opinions of those who we deem more intelligent than ourselves. Conversely, we are less likely to consider the viewpoints of those that we classify as beneath us.
We are less likely to consider the viewpoints of those that we classify as beneath us.
As followers of Jesus, we must recognize the danger of this mode of thinking. Not only because of the way it perniciously places people into categories of inferior and superior but also because of the way it precludes us from embracing the good life Jesus invites us into. A life that is lived with a proclivity toward considering the needs of others more than our own.
In Mark 9 Jesus responds to His disciples who were arguing about who is the greatest among them. Jesus says, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.”
It’s easy to submit to the preferences and value the opinions of those we view as above us. It’s an entirely different thing to submit to those whom we might think are beneath us. And yet that is precisely what Jesus calls his followers to do.
In Jesus’ economy, the sign of true greatness is measured by one’s ability and willingness to submit and serve the least, last, and lost.
This is the distinguishing mark of Jesus Himself. There is no one higher than Him, and yet He submitted Himself to the vulnerable by becoming the vulnerable. And in so doing, He is able to form us and transform us into His likeness.
When we emulate our master by submitting to the vulnerable in our midst, we will find the power of Jesus at work in our lives.
Week 5 of 8 Submission
Small acts of kindness are acts of loving submission.
Not my will, but yours. I am not sure a more difficult sentence has ever been uttered. I’ve always wanted my will.
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