It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels. ~Saint Augustine
This hurts to admit. I was not inducted into the National Honor Society until I was a senior in high school.
No, that’s not what hurts.
What pains me to admit is that when asked if I expected the secret induction, I answered, “Truthfully, I was surprised that I didn’t get in last year.”
Wow. Real humility, huh?
I always did well in school- academically and socially. I didn’t understand why I wasn’t inducted into the NHS as a junior with so many of my friends and peers. I had the grades. I had the extra-curricular achievements. What didn’t I have?
Have you ever been there?
You have the experience, but you were passed over for the promotion. The younger girl with the longer legs got the job.
You filled out all the forms, but didn’t get the grant. It was awarded to the homeless shelter’s social worker. Again.
You always bake the best ham and loveliest lemon meringue pie for Easter. Your mother-in-law chose to join the other widows from church for lunch instead.
Could it be that we fail to see our own flaws, our own short-comings, our own pride?
In Luke 5, the Pharisees and teachers of the law are following Jesus around. They like what they see and usually what they hear. This is a guy who knows his religion. He has Scripture memorized and can throw down miracles like matzah.
But instead of partying with the Pharisees, Jesus chooses the tax collectors. Instead of inviting disciplined disciples, he asks kiss-ups and frauds like Levi to follow him.
Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:29-32 NIV
Jesus invites everyone to follow him.
But only those who realize they aren’t worthy truly find him.