Thursday, April 28, 2011

Will and Kate aren't really that great

There sure is a lot of hooplah about the royal wedding. I don't understand what is so fascinating and great about it. My wife, on the other hand, is enthralled with the potential peasant princess to be. Because of this I'm not going to tell you how stupid it is and how it is a complete waste of time to watch the events, interviews and flashbacks leading up to the grand finale. (see how I slipped that in?) I'm sure I'll hear about that sentence by lunchtime. Love you Jess, you are my princess.

It has spurred on some meditation though. I thought I would share them with you all.  I begin with a question:  what does royal majesty look like?  Is it all about popularity and prestige, glamor and gold, frills and flowers from flocking masses you watch your every move and hang on your every word?  Well, no, not at all.

In fact, the opposite is true.  In Phillipians 2 we see what made Christ worthy of the title King of Kings:

7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

In Psalm 8 we see majesty displayed by a God who displays His greatness through the mouths of babes.

Jesus said the first will be last and the last will be first.  The greatest among us will be a servant to all.

Again, in Deuteronomy 8 we see God declaring what absolute greatness looks like:

17 For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. 18 He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. 

Wow, that makes the big fuss over Will and Kate seem puny and insignificant, doesn't it?  So what if the prince is getting married, there are hungry orphans, widows and immigrants.  There are many people in our spheres of influence in need.

Greatness is attained through service.

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