Find, See and Love the Marginalized

Author: David Montague | MTR President
An encouraging post from MTR’s President, David Montague

How did Jesus enter His classroom as a beginning Teacher? Find out how in Luke 2.

When Jesus came to bring glory to God and peace to others He began with quiet demonstrations of HUMILITY and LOVE, dignifying and identifying first with the marginalized.

HUMILITY and LOVE.
The God who has no limit to His power… who is in complete control and has no vulnerability whatsoever arrived – in a sense – with no power and total vulnerability. The One who could do anything constrained Himself in a form where He could do nothing. He could not eat, or move, or clean Himself after going to the bathroom without the help of a poor, teenage girl. He did NOT come with guns a’blazing. He came in a display of constraint and vulnerability.

The God who’s power deserved fanfare and presence arrived with no worldly fanfare or presence at all. He came unnoticed and turned away. He could have arrived with great pomp, yet He chose to come unnoticed and unexpected. He has deflected and totally devalued the world’s definition of power and exalted and displayed a new power. Love.

DIGNIFYING the MARGINALIZED.
His very first encounter with the world was to be “turned away” and “unwanted”. To be One for whom the world had “no place for him”. He chose to be born homeless and placeless.

To whom did God entrust to first receive the King of Kings? Those who were honored to receive the King were night-shifting manual laborers. It was the midnight FedEx Hub box sorters that were chosen to see the King first. Not Fred Smith. God came as and to the ones that the world most often shuns. And by doing so has exalted and dignified them with His choice of arrival and life.

This God who is also known as The Word (John 1) came first not with words and orders, but with a demonstration of infinite humility and love. He chose to display His amazing character of HUMILITY and LOVE in a place and to a people that communicated an immense value of and attention to the places and people for whom the world has no regard.

I think this is the way we are called to live our lives, as well.

We enter schools and lead first with ACTIONS and DISPLAYS of God-glorifying CHARACTER that do NOT first demand our personal rights and wants but, instead, seek to demand the rights and needs of those around us.

We find those in our schools that are also the most undervalued. Be it a cafeteria worker or maintenance man. A custodian or a secretary. A disliked student. A non-athlete or uncool kid. A fellow teacher that is hard to like. Learning and calling them by their names is a great start at this…

Do lead with quiet humility. Love people.

Do not begin by demanding your rights.

Find, see and love the marginalized.

It’s what we do.

Luke 2:1-14

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”