From humbleness to complacency

1 Corinthians 1:31 – KJV – That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

Recent events unfolding from the Medan Mission Trip reminds me of the Pharisee and the tax collector.

Luke 18
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Let me pharaphrase
11 The person stood and told everyone about himself/herself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as the current youths are who have no initiative, does not proactively go on mission trip to fulfill the great commision and share your gospel to the nearby nations. I sacrifice my youth time and since then had been going for missions unlike current youths. Do not mind my prayers and my thoughts, I speak whatever is in my mind and I tell the truth and nothing but the whole truth.
12 I go on mission at least twice a year, I give of myself to the mission field.
13 And the youth standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

I come to realize that some veteran who had been in the mission field, or even in specific area of focus such as VBS will soon become complacent and start to despise and mock those who are not able to match their accomplishments.

Lord have mercy and lead us along …

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