Have you ever met someone famous? How did you respond? Were you “star-struck,” or did you try to play it cool like it was no big deal? When I was in the military, I was rarely in the room with a general. But, when they came to town, everybody acted differently. They stood a little taller, the uniforms were neatly pressed, and shoes were shined a bit more. It is almost as if we forgot that generals weren’t always generals. I also remember when President Clinton visited my hometown a few months before he left office. Our town went crazy! Streets were cleaned (which was an exercise in futility in Nebraska in the winter), buildings were painted, and the red carpet was rolled out. While Christians are encouraged not to show favoritism, some folks are worthy of honor because of who they are and the position they hold. When we esteem others, we show them the Lord’s love, which starts in humility.
Philippians 2:29: “Welcome him in the Lord’s love and with great joy, and give him the honor that people like him deserve.”
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