The next time you think you’re really something, try asking someone in a crowd if they know who you are. Even if they surprise you and are able to recognize you, don’t let it go to your head. One of the top executives at U.S. Steel was recognized by a local in a city. The man asked the executive, “So how does it feel to be one of the top guys at U.S. Steel?”
Without any delay, the businessman said, “Oh, I feel like parsley on a plate of fish.” For all the money he was making and all the clout he had, he didn’t seem to be aware of his own self-importance. Maybe he was too busy to notice – or care. That’s the image Christians ought to portray to the world – not that we should mope around thinking we’re worthless, but we should be so busy serving Christ that we literally forget about ourselves.
Now you may say, “But Pastor Scudder, I can’t forget about myself. I have to live with myself every day. I have needs and feelings, and when they don’t get met, I’m not a very happy camper.” This may be true, but when we learn to die to self, the things that used to offend us because of our pride won’t bother us anymore. Instead of thinking about our importance and how everyone should treat us the same way we treat ourselves, we will simply concentrate on serving the Lord.
Is such an attitude possible in today’s cut-throat, fight-your-way-to-the-top world? Friend, the Bible wouldn’t tell us to do it if it couldn’t be done. Ask God to help you lay aside your concept of self-importance, and serve Him with all you have. He will give you a new attitude which will make your service special.
Even parsley has a place in a good meal. Let God use you as He sees fit today.
The measure of a man is not how many servants he has, but how many men he serves. — Dwight L. Moody
Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder