The Importance of Being Humble

Jesus had a way of making the humble feel what would normally be unattainable joy. He also had a way of humbling the proud to their material ruin and those who understood received Spiritual joy. There is something very good about not having everything the world offers. Satan offered Jesus the world but He refused. During this temptation Jesus taught Satan that he was nothing compared to the Father.

 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”But he answered, “It is written,

“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
    but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the templeand said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’

and

“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
    lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,

“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
    and him only shall you serve.’”

Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him. Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus knows the Scripture because He is the Scripture. When He took human form, He was sent to correct the proud and manmade traditions and end the sacrifices that God despised. The humbling of the Israelites was not just done in the New Testament era but the Old. Look how God humbled them in the desert.  

Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land the LORD promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the wilderness these forty years, to humble and test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:1-3

Do those words sound familiar? God was with them wherever they went even when He was silent. They bore the Tabernacle and all things put inside it carrying the Triune God wherever they went. They were humbled constantly in His presence keeping them from being proud of themselves since they recognized all things were God’s not theirs. This is a big part of humility.

This year let us return to the humility of it all by helping those in need, volunteering even when it is inconvenient, give of ourselves as Jesus and His Apostles did. Let’s show the world the true meaning of being a Christian. Are you ready? January 1st is right around the bend.

Rob, Servant of God

Humility in Celebrity

Pictured is Mercy Me with Trace Adkins and Dennis Quaid singing I Can Only Imagine taken by my phoneKLOVE Fan Awards

Blessings

Last Weekend  on the 27th of May the radio station KLOVE had their fan awards. I must admit I had fun even though the family and I spent the weekend as volunteers which was a lot of work. But more than that it was very worshipful and the whole weekend was fulfilling. Meeting some of the artists outside of the meet and greets and concerts, I was honestly amazed at the humility of most of them. While a select few did have a worldly attitude about them, you could tell the difference in the heart.

Heart Matters

On Saturday night, true humility came out in a group of five artists who were up on stage pouring their hearts out telling the meanings of their songs. I will not mention them because they are really just people who have a true heart for God given the gift of song. There was a brief time that night where the entire house was in tears and a couple of the artists had a hard time singing after that but because of their faith and the strength and encouragement provided by God’s Grace, they were able to glorify God in worship.

It was a beautiful weekend.    

Surrender

It is better to be humble than to seek out acceptance and gratitude. God does not need someone who is famous or boastful in their deeds. When we are well known for what we do for Him, we run the risk of seeking attention through works. Why seek attention for the task that we are given by God since He designed us to be caretakers. When we do works because of our faith we are putting our faith into action without the need for gratitude. If we try to gain popularity because of our works, those works are not due to faith but our own desire to be loved. James said that faith without works is dead but he did not say that we should accept mementoes or payments of gratitude for the works because our payment will be delivered when we meet our Lord and Savior at the gate.

O the blessedness of the meek for they shall inherit the earth Matthew 5:5

Being Meek

The word meek is best translated as humble or lowly. Jesus is quoting Psalm 37:11, But the meek will inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. He is telling us that it is better to lower ourselves in humility than to raise ourselves up. The reality is, no one is more important than another and we should be doing God’s Will in our lives on a daily basis without seeking accolades or fame.

This weekend the family volunteered at the KLOVE Fan Awards and the night before the awards we sat in on a songwriter session where we listened to popular Christian artists truly humble themselves in the sharing of their lives and how their lives turned into song through the Word. They did not ask for gratitude nor standing ovations, they did not desire to be raised up but kept it humble. Though many see them as famous they do not seek the accolades. They are sinners, people just like us but these were given the gift of song to spread the Word to the world.

Willful Surrender

The avoidance of seeking validation and managing ones appearance means that a person is aware of their inner poverty, or sinful condition, and are free to surrender themselves. This is a willing trust in God to take care of oneself. The person who willfully surrenders to God does not self- seek vengeance or vindication but restoration, their strength comes from the Lord as it says in Zechariah 4:6, Then he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.

So Be Humble

When we have an active faith we are not in it for ourselves but in it to win others for God in the great battle for the souls of mankind against our Adversary. We accept the kindness but ask to keep it on the down low instead of announcing our faithful works to the world. We gain helpers through the telling of our works because of our faith but not by our own mouths. Do not try to be in control of others because the only actions and situations we can truly control are what God gives us to control which is ourselves. So do not be found to have self-assertiveness, or manipulative, deceptive, or violent aggressive behaviors for those are the opposite of meekness. Those that do are demanding acceptance and their own rights in this world and will not receive the blessed inheritance in the next world.

Be of good heart and pray daily placing your life in God’s hands where it belongs. Seek no accolades or payment for your works but humble thyself and God will provide. Share in your iniquity and the saving Grace and Mercy that comes only through faith, belief, and trust in Jesus which is granted freely by God for those who are in Christ. His is the power, and glory forever, AMEN