Have you ever heard that phrase?It’s when you start to show off and start to
think you are better than others, so much so you begin to treat people
There is nothing wrong with being good at something
but being good at something doesn’t make us better than anyone else.
It makes us unique, different but still equal.
The Pharisees thought they were more important
than others, they liked the way people treated them, they enjoyed the power and
status in their community and they didn’t always treat people with care.
Jesus threatened their way of life, He was
different – He might have been God’s son, but He came to teach us something
different. Not to be like the Pharisees
but to be servants to each other
To love each other – as equals.
To treat each other – as equals.
That in God’s eyes we are
all equal, whether man or woman, whether Rabbi or Pharisee, or rich or poor.
God loves us all equally.
No one person is better than any other.
We are all children of God.
We all have our gifts, we are all different, we
all have things that we are better at than others.
We shouldn’t think that just because we are
better at that ‘one thing’ that it gives us a right to put someone else down or
make fun of them because they aren’t as good.
Nobody likes a show off.
God wants us to celebrate our achievements by
thanking him and thanking others who have helped us along the way.
So today we think about what we are good at
doing, Our God given gifts, they might not be obvious. The children
may have more than one. God gives everyone gifts, and whilst he doesn’t want us
to show off he also doesn’t want us to hide our gifts. He wants us to find them and use them.
Reverend Michelle Bailey is the Rural Officer for the Bishop of Brecon and Swansea She previously worked in Children's Ministry and was ordained in the Church of England. Her blog includes ideas on presenting concepts of faith to young children to the age of eleven and furthering faith development in an educational context. Michelle currently lives in Wales and is also developing a rural ministry blog.