9 But the brother of humble circumstances is to glory in his high position (James 1).

The phrase “humble circumstances” comes from one word in the Greek, which also described Jesus as “lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:29), thus giving the imagery of the lowly who “glory” (“boast”) in their “high position.” And just what is this high position? Why, it is that of being a “brother” of Christ!

I’ve had many titles in my life: as an adult male I am called Mr.; as a teacher I have been called Dr. or professor; and as a member of the clergy I am called pastor. Yet, the greatest title I will ever know is “brother” because through the blood of Christ I have been brought into kinship with Him and all others who follow Him in faith.

I worked hard to achieve the respect of bearing these lesser titles of Mr. or Dr. or professor or pastor—but the greatest title I bear, being a brother, was given to me through no merit of my own.

Lord, thank You for our high position in Christ! Help us This Day to walk in such a way that shows our boasting is in this and in this alone. Amen.