Then the owner of the vineyard said, “What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love; perhaps they will respect him.” Luke 20:13
Have you ever thought about the level of respect you show to others?
Have you ever considered how important respect is to you?
Have you ever imagined what the world would be like, should all the respectful people be immediately removed from it?
It matters to women across the globe today who are being disrespected and as a result, injured and abused. They are experiencing pain this morning simply because men, some men, don’t find them as valuable as their male counterparts.
Some men are also being disrespected, and therefore harmed.
Because these men don’t have letters behind their names, or they lack formal education, they are looked upon as less valuable, less deserving of our respect. It shouldn’t be, but you know it’s true.
Some children are being disrespected this morning, even as they look for safety in their families of origin. These toddler, teens, tweens and adolescents are picked on, treated harshly, provoked, abused, and neglected. No one cares for them, because no one feels they have value. Or maybe it’s that the dis-respecters out there have simply never been taught to be civil, loving, nurturing and respectful of others, including children.
Our society is in real trouble along the lines of respect, I think, and as a result our world grows increasingly darker every day.
The Lord Jesus thought to test the levels of respect among believers in God in the past. He told a story about respect and then waited to see what the reaction would be from his audience. What his test revealed was a group of angry, disgruntled people, who were offended that he should broach the subject and somehow direct his comments toward them.
They’d done nothing to be ashamed of, or so they thought. He was the one in the wrong, right? Questioning their motives, disapproving of their methods–how dare He question them.
How dare He, indeed.
Today, maybe we could ask ourselves about ourselves, before Jesus has to do it for us.
Let’s examine the way we have been treating others.
Have our conversations been seasoned with grace, or have the words we’ve said (and more importantly how we have treated others), been less than respectful?
The Bible says it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God and drip sin all over His fingers.
Let’s make sure that what we do unto “the least of these” reflects what we would want done to us.
Today, let’s be people of respect and love, eager to give God His do and anxious to love Him by lovingly respecting others. It’s the least He deserves for all He’s been to us.
Remember: Prayer Changes Things, and respect builds community.