HOW LOW WILL I GO?
Jordan Walsh’s lesson Wednesday night has me thinking about humility. As he encouraged, I’ve wondered just how low I would go for the Lord. Humility is freedom from pride and arrogance. It is manifested in action and thought by lowering ourselves in rank and importance from others. Putting them and their needs ahead of my own.
“Me first!” is the prevailing attitude of most in our society today. God, however, commands that I deny self, place Him and His kingdom first and others next (Matt. 16:24-48). I can then place myself next in importance. Am I willing to do that? Do I do that?
In my family relationship, do my spouse and children always come first? At work, how willing am I to humble myself and help others? In the church, is my humility reflected in my fellowship with my brethren? With God, is it all about me, or do I understand and function from a humble position in my service?
Jesus’ story about the Pharisee and the tax collector who went to the Temple to pray (Luke 18:9-14) powerfully contrasts the attitudes of the humble from the arrogant. Jesus told this parable to “some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt” (verse 9). The one who went home justified was the one who knew the truth about himself. “God, be merciful to me, a sinner!” Jesus said, “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted” (verse 14).
Jesus humbled Himself by taking on human form, dying on a cross for my sins, not His (Phil. 2:1-11). He was a friend to tax collectors and sinners (Matt. 9:9-12). He wasn’t too important to wash His disciples’ feet (John 12:1-20). I am to think and be like Him. Am I? “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you” (James 4:10).
- A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to a person who isn’t!
- Bible mathematics: We don’t add to the Bible nor subtract from it, we rightly divide it.
- There is more said in the Bible about covetousness than against any other form of intemperance.
- The trouble is, people who don’t know what the Bible says, say they cannot believe it.
- The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.
- Don’t change the Bible; let the Bible change you.
- What makes a difference is not how many times you have been through the Bible, but how many times and how thoroughly the Bible has been through you.
- No life is too broken for God to repair.
- If we cannot get all we want, we should be thankful we don’t get all we deserve.
- The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot keep you.