TUESDAY, JUNE 18
“And there came a man named Jairus, who was a ruler of the synagogue. And falling at Jesus’ feet,”
Luke 8:41 ESV
STRONG DADS ARE HUMBLE
Flexing, or standing in the mirror flexing muscles, is part of growing up and being a boy. All of my (Larry) kids are pretty involved in athletics, so you never know when a random flex competition may break out. They all want to prove their muscles are bigger than dad’s. Another modern use of the word “flexing” is to boast about yourself or show off your material possessions.
As we learned this past Sunday, Jairus was a leader in the synagogue. This was a position of power and influence in the community. Jairus most likely knew what it was like to flex his position of power. However, in Luke 8:41 this strong religious and community leader humbles himself before Jesus and falls at his feet. There was also a large crowd gathered around who saw Jairus humble himself before God. Jairus reminds us that strong men need Jesus. He also reminds us that “religious” people need Jesus just as much as everybody else.
James 4:6 reads, “But He gives more grace. Therefore, it says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’ Submit yourselves therefore to God.” Most of us can agree that no one is perfect and that we all need grace. But not all of us are willing to humble ourselves and admit that we are weak and need God’s grace.
What are the ways that you may be trying to “flex” in front of others and pretend to have it all together? What is there in your life that demonstrates your humility before God? Our kids need to see us humble ourselves and ask God for grace and help on a regular basis. When’s the last time you literally got on your knees before God as a symbolic act of humility and spent time talking to Him? If it’s been a while find some time today to get on your knees and talk to God.