The wealthy, powerful, prominent, and famous have a dangerous proclivity towards reaping their dignity, integrity, and self-worth from their own particular positions. The poor and downtrodden of history could not look for dignity, integrity, or self-worth in the same places. They had to find it in something inherently human that had nothing to do with wealth, power, or fame. They had to rely on the spirit of God as manifested in You to get their dignity, integrity, and self-worth. Maybe this is why You said that union with You for the wealthy and prominent who rely on themselves to establish their worth is as difficult as a camel passing through the eye of a needle.
We look to prominent people and are fascinated with how they gain their prominence. But the paradigm of their lives often comes from what they miss. The captive Jews of the Old Testament, the serfs and peasants of the middle ages, the Negro slaves, and many more could reap no integrity, dignity, or self-worth from their own positions, but it was a basic human need that they have access to these qualities of life. It is the realization by these people that these qualities dwell most genuinely in the interior spirit of man; and maybe it is only these “lowly” people who are shorn of the exterior trappings of dignity and prominence who can fathom what makes man truly dignified. Could this be yet another reason why the poor were so dear to You?
What I build, design, create, invent, or enhance may bring notoriety, but dignity and integrity are gathered elsewhere. Fame, prominence, and notoriety come from the exterior we fabricate to be noticed. If we consider these the measure of our integrity and dignity it may be because of a superficially overblown notion of our self-worth. Kings, princes, presidents, and CEO’s too easily deduce their dignity and integrity from their positions. Such are adhesions to the false-self. Only in the eyes of men do kings, princes, presidents and CEO’s when shorn of their positions lose their dignity and integrity. We are the caretakers of these virtues, not their creators. They are already present in each of us because You are present in each of us. What we can do, not withstanding our station in life, to enhance our dignity and integrity is to enhance Yours.