First of all, All thanks be to The Most High God Who reigns Eternity to Eternity. to Whom i owe everything and From Whom All good and perfect gifts come.
my Lord and Saviour Jesus the Christ, the Only Begotten Son of the True and Living God, YHWH.
Ok. let us now begin
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
[Aside.] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;–
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title:–Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptiz’d;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
What man art thou that, thus bescreen’d in night,
So stumblest on my counsel?
By a name
I know not how to tell thee who I am:
My name, dear saint, is hateful to myself,
Because it is an enemy to thee.
Had I it written, I would tear the word.
My ears have yet not drunk a hundred words
Of that tongue’s utterance, yet I know the sound;
Art thou not Romeo, and a Montague?
Neither, fair saint, if either thee dislike.
How cam’st thou hither, tell me, and wherefore?
The orchard walls are high and hard to climb;
And the place death, considering who thou art,
If any of my kinsmen find thee here.
With love’s light wings did I o’erperch these walls;
For stony limits cannot hold love out:
And what love can do, that dares love attempt;
Therefore thy kinsmen are no let to me. – William Shakespeare
This is probably one of the few times that i’ll quote Shakespeare, and just to clear up, i am in no way telling anyone to deny or disobey their father and/or parents, i mean, just look what how Romeo and Juliet ended up because they disobeyed..but that’s another blog by itself.
Why i put this extract is because the lesson is exactly what i wanted. Self-Denial, Passion, Humility, Boldness…in sum, Servanthood.
So often in today’s society we see people striving to make it at the top, to be, pardon my slang, the Bawse, to be the crème de la crème, to be, the It that everyone looks up to. As one of my favourite rappers Amisho Baraka says, ‘Welcome to the culture where humility is not allowed/ They do it big if you don’t see that, you Shallow Hal’/
Firstly, that’s egotism, pride, greed, selfishness, and the list goes on. People want to be recognised for some apparent quality or possession that makes them stand out from the rest but the aim of this post is to show how in aiming for the opposite of these things you actually rise far beyond wanting to build yourself up.
Question: How does one raise himself up?
Do they build from under themselves first?
Or do they build up those around them so they can be brought up themselves so they can continue building up themselves?
You will notice that by only building up under themselves it creates a very thin and unstable structure and it would be almost impossible to reach any significant height as they have nothing to support them as they seek to go higher. Whereas the one who builds up around him first has no worry for stepping off his lot as others would welcome him to build as it will be so wide and safe for him and others would also seek to help him build as well.
People seeking entitlements and in that (literally) a title by which they can elevate themselves above those around them find themselves after a while alone and weak as their own selfish desires seek its own and eventually has nothing else to draw and build from. As The Good Book warns of old:
Numbers 15:39-41 – 39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them ; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring: 40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God. 41 I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.
And as it states emphatically and without substitution:
Luke 22:26 (KJV) – But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve.
Matthew 23:11 (KJV) – But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
Like i heard a pastor say this past Sunday, the Title of Prophet, Pastor, Bishop etc. should not dictate the level of a man’s importance but he should be who God has created him to be and use his birth given name. The only title we should strive to obtain and be joyful in declaring, and more so our function on that role is that of being a Servant. Our Obedience to God should reflect our operation in that position of serving Him and should always be enhanced to obey in the correct timing and with exceeding joy.
The aforementioned excerpt in bold highlights the rest of he excerpt, the position of a person should not determine the level of its action. A rose wouldn’t smell less beautiful because it grows in the dirt than a bottle of Chanel would because it’s in a store on the 50th floor.
Serving as the lowest level provides a safeguard from falling as you’re already at the bottom and the only way to go will be up. Strive not to be the title of the essay but rather a letter, word, sentence or paragraph that gives The Only One Entitled to ALL Glory, Honour and Praise the attention that He deserves.
(Listen till the very end of the video please)
You can’t be a Christian without Christ.
Proverbs 22:4 (KJV) – By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honour, and life.
Galatians 1:10 (KJV) – 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:24 (KJV) – Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.