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Sunday, February 6, 2011

How Do You Judge a Person's Importance?

In the corporate world a person’s importance is often measured by the height of his cubicle’s walls. They are taller than those of lesser important employees. In addition, his desk chair will have arms. If he is very important, his cubicle will be more spacious than other cubicles. If he is extremely important, he may have an enclosed office. And he ranks about as high as you can get in a corporation if he has an enclosed corner office.

When God measures a person’s worth, He doesn’t apply corporate criteria. Instead, He considers how low a person stoops to lift the fallen (Gal. 6:1), how far out of his way he goes to help someone in need (Luke 10:33-37), how empty of pride his heart is (Mark 10:42-45; James 4:6-10), and how faithfully he does His will (1 Cor. 4:2).

The Christian who meets God's criteria may never have a cubicle with tall walls or a corner office, but he will enjoy the smile of God’s pleasure forever. To put a little spin on the apostle John’s words: “The world and its prestigious cubicles and offices pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever” (1 John 2:17).