The Marks of a Christian - But Associate with the Lowly
If you are a follower of Jesus, your life should have outward marks that reflect your inward convictions. These marks signify that you live your life in a way that imitates Christ. When we associate with the lowly, we distinguish ourselves as Christians (Romans 12:16c). This command serves as a “but instead, do this” follow-up to “Do not be haughty” (Romans 12:16b). Instead, we are to “associate with the lowly.” Jesus loved all people as equals in His sight. He showed no partiality or favoritism. Especially with those of personal wealth, people who can do something for us in return. Jesus calls His followers to seek and love people from all walks of life. Without wanting or needing any kind of personal gain. Because to do so would be dishonorable. And would show that our hearts don’t truly belong to Jesus (James 2:1-13). When we read the Gospels, we should be struck by how many of Jesus’s followers were common people. Often poor and needy. They were an important part of Jesus’s life and ministry. He associated with them. These lowly people should be a part of the lives of Jesus’s followers as well.