Book: Proverbs 6
“There are six things the Lord hates – no, seven things he detests: haughty eyes…”
God hates it when we look down on another person and think of ourselves as better than them. Pride is putting a higher value on one’s self and a lower value on others. It is a form of unrighteous judgment. The question that needs to be asked is how does God see each one of us? Does He value some of us more than others? Did Jesus come to this earth, die on the cross, and rise again just for the few who are “good,” “wealthy,” or “have the right skin color”? Is a person less valuable in God’s eyes if they don’t have everything together?
One of the dangers in any position of leadership is looking down on those they are in charge of. In the Kingdom, the King demonstrated servant leadership. Jesus washed the disciples’ feet to show them how they were to lead. He was willing to do the lowest job for His disciples, the job of the common house servant. He valued His disciples even though He was and is God.
In many organizations, the people on the floor, are not listened to by those in leadership or at best given lip service to their suggestions. It is assumed by those in leadership that there is nothing to learn from those under them. These organizations miss out on valuable, God given gifts that could and would make a positive difference. I have found that given the opportunity, those under leadership are more than willing to share their ideas. In many cases, employees are working at 10-20% of their potential, not because they are lazy but because leadership does not have a proper Kingdom view of them. Releasing their potential provides big results.
Who are the people you lead? It may be in your family, friends, ministry, work, or business. How do you see these people? Does your evaluation of them line up with God’s? Are there people that you come across that you have a tendency to look down upon? Take time to ask God to show you even more today how He sees these people. Ask Him to help you treat/serve them as He wants you to for His Kingdom.