He walked right up to me. His face inches away from mine. And with a hint of disgust in his voice, he muttered, “You’re just common folk!”
Believing he had just complimented me, I responded without any hesitation, “Praise God! He uses the weak to confound the wise!”
He stared at me blankly, unsure of what just happened. Silently, he turned around and walked away, probably a bit confused or, more likely, completely convinced that I was just as ignorant as he thought.
I had answered the way I did, because I knew God used simple, ordinary people in life to do great things. When my Christian friend called me “common,” I thought he was saying I was simple and ordinary. I learned later that that was not at all what he meant.
Ignorance is bliss!
Here are the definitions for “Common Folk” (from urbandictionary.com):
- Describes an ignorant, uneducated, foolish individual regardless of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, often poor or middle class, not the type of people who go to Ivy League School, or drives a Rolls Royce.
- Describes a person or persons of average capacities, abilities, education, intelligence, wealth, etc.
If he was comparing me and my family to him and his family, I could completely understand why he felt the way he did. He was a powerful, successful business man, definitely richer financially and, without a doubt, more educated.
However, my intimate relationship with Christ was priceless to me. Jesus was my sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge (Isa 33:6 – NLT). I was totally content with, and had no regrets about, being who God had called me to be.
The Bible says, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Ps 119:165 (KJV)
I believe my love for God’s word kept me from becoming offended
“God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.” 1 Cor 1:27-29 (NLT)
“Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom He promised to those who love Him?” Jas 2:5 (NLT)
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world. And we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” 1 Tim 6:6-10 (NLT)
Our families are still good friends, I’m still as content as ever, and to this day I still consider his comment a compliment.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, there is nothing on earth I want more than you. You are all I need. Amen.