Between October 28 and November 6, Grace Church proudly presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! If you haven’t purchased your tickets, there may still be some available. The show centers around transformation through grace, forgiveness and love. Over the next 10 days, Be Our Guest and check out our daily devotionals centered around these themes and the production! Check back every day for the latest devotional!
BY SUE ROSECRANS, GRACE ATTENDER
Gaston is hilarious and troubling. We live in a culture that doesn’t just value number one. No, we claw, scrape and rundown others to become number one. Doing our very best, winning and crushing the competition reigns supreme in our leave-no-prisoners way of life. As followers of Jesus, we are called to put others first, told to look out for those less-than and admonished to lay down our rights. Unfortunately, we all have our “Gaston Moments” where pride rules. Lefou describes Gaston as slick, quick, with a thick neck, absolute manliness, a supreme fighter, wrestler extraordinaire…. his burliness, his brawniness and he’s covered in hair!?!? What a peach! In reality how ridiculous! Who cares if he can spit better than the next guy or gal???
What about our remarkable, amazing and need to be shared traits and qualities? We can look into our own magic mirror Facebook, twitter or Instagram to show off our self-focused highlights. We parade them for all to see in one form or another. If we place our looks, our voice, our moves, our smarts, our money managing skills, our generosity even all the things we do for the church in the center ring for all to see, then we become as inflated as a castle bouncy house. Turn off the air compressor and we deflate so fast, small children run breathlessly diving under the safety of the pizza and snack table. Not a pretty sight.
Jesus had every right to brag, show off, and literally lord Himself over all of us. He is God simply wrapped in humanities’ garb. Jesus calls us to a different way. He laid down His rights, gave up His privileges and His claim to being worshiped. Entitlement is the opposite of Jesus. Gaston lived an entitled life. With his personal tribe of one, Lefou, Gaston stomps through life demanding his way while crushing those in his path. Jesus humbly walks with the sick, the poor, the broken, the weak and those who this life has cast aside. Jesus met their needs, loved without reserve and compassionately healed thousands. Man shouts, barks, kicks, grunts and demands his way. Jesus reaches out tenderly calling each of us by our name patiently waiting for us to respond. He flings open His arms. He embraces us melting our tough bulletproof armor, revealing the tenderness inside. Entitlement is the opposite of humility. Yes, we all have our “Gaston” moments, but let us hope and pray we can hear the call of grace, feel the embrace of love and live with turn-around-hearts putting others first.
Have you had any “Gaston Moments” today?
What do you do when you feel angry or better than others?
Do you ever brag about the things you are especially good at?
How do you feel when you hear someone else brag about themselves?
Humble doesn’t mean being someone who gets pushed around. Humble means putting others first, looking out for those who may not be the most popular kids and making sure the other kids feel included. Were you humble today? How?
“Since prayer is at the bottom of all this, what I want mostly is for men to pray—not shaking angry fists at enemies but raising holy hands to God. And I want women to get in there with the men in humility before God, not primping before a mirror or chasing the latest fashions but doing something beautiful for God and becoming beautiful doing it.” 1 Timothy 2:8-10 (MSG)
“We sometimes tend to think we know all we need to know to answer these kinds of questions—but sometimes our humble hearts can help us more than our proud minds. We never really know enough until we recognize that God alone knows it all.” 1 Corinthians 8:2-3 (MSG)
“In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.” Matthew 5:48 (MSG)