Every so often I am reminded, or perhaps I need to be reminded, that “it’s not about me.” I think of that when I read of Jesus saying, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces...” For these scribes, their position, and the honor due to them, was what it was all about, not the service that they rendered to others. It’s apparently a big deal to wear a long robe and get good seats. It’s what celebrities in Jesus’ time enjoyed, and I suppose people looked at the scribes as people now look at today’s celebrities and say, “How cool.”
But living the right kind of life is not about long robes, good seats, honors, or being cool or having a high position. It’s not about me, and it’s not about us; it’s about what we do, what service we give to others as a worship to God. The widow puts in her two little coins. She gives all. It’s not about us. It’s about what we do, and the focus of what we give, whether monetarily or in other ways. Living a God-centered life is not about giving a certain amount in the collection plate—it’s about serving with all you have, all you can do, all you are.
By Robert Whipple