Grace Note for September 23, 2015
There is a story told about an old man standing on a crowded city bus. There was a young man standing next to him who asked, “What time is it?” The old man refused to reply. The young man moved on and asked somebody else. The old man’s friend, sensing something was wrong, asked “Why were you so rude to the young man who asked for the time?” The old man answered, “If I had given him the time of day, next he would want to know where I am going. Then we might talk about our interests. If we did that, he might invite himself to my house for dinner. If he did, he would meet my lovely daughter. If he met her, they would both fall in love. I don’t want my daughter marrying someone who cannot even afford a watch.” I suppose that if you don’t want to be bothered, any excuse will do.
But for us as believers, followers of Jesus, the one whom scripture states, “though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8