Have you ever spent time with a person who only wants to talk about themselves. They are only interested in their own accomplishments and experiences, their own life and interests. They’re annoying to be around right? And you probably wonder how boring their life must be if all they have to talk about is themselves.
Well I have another question for you. Have you ever been that person?
You get to the end of the night and you realize you never invested in anyone. You never asked someone about their day. You didn’t care enough to try to share the conversation.
I know I have.
It’s not a good feeling when you realize how uncaring you can be. How disinterested in the lives of others you can be.
In Isaiah 2, God speaks of a time when He will reign in the earth. He makes it clear that such pride will not be tolerated.
“The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day.”
God’s perfect plan is that He is to be exalted. That is the only acceptable way for us to live.
But you might ask, “How could I exalt God in my conversations with other people?”
In Matthew 25:34-40 we find a fascinating glimpse into the way God will judge the world. When people are waiting to receive reward, Christ tells them, that the goodness they showed to His children He counted as goodness towards Him.
If they gave someone a glass of water- essentially they had given a glass of water to God. If they gave someone clothes, they had given Him clothes.
It’s truly a fascinating thought.
So let me pose to you the idea. If you were talking to Christ, would you monopolize the conversation? Or would you let Him speak? Would you speak only about your day and your experiences? Or would you ask Him about His?
This is in turn how we are acting when we treat His children with so little regard. Taking the time to consider God’s children and the love they might need is an integral part of considering and exalting God.
So let us strive to love others in the little things. Take the time to consider others. Think about what they might need from you more than what you want.
“Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” Phil 2:4
“Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” – Matthew 25:40