Tag Archives: Humble

It’s not Weakness; It’s Strength

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Philippians 2:5-8
“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death – even death on a cross!”

We live in an arrogant age. The race of men have deemed themselves worthy of all that is around them. They continually speak of all that is their right or what they are entitled to. When they are treated harshly, then they are consoled by others who explain that they don’t deserve such treatment.

I cannot simply refer to society as “they”; it is “we” and me as well.

Our children get everything they desire and aren’t taught how to do without. They don’t see what they are being given as being a privilege. They see it as a necessity or right. They deserve it.

I think of times when people drive down the road – if someone cuts them off or drives too slowly they get angry. In fact, people get angry for a lot of things these days. We don’t seem to know how to take it easy anymore – our society is a high stress society.

We are arrogant people who say we are right and everyone else is wrong. We condemn more than the lifestyles that others live, we condemn the people that live them. We get angry and make sure we have the “right” to say our piece or to get them back for what they said or did. This is all arrogance.

Arrogance and selfishness go hand in hand. Every sin ever committed had its roots in selfishness. I can’t think of a single sin that you can’t boil down to selfishness.

Please don’t get me wrong – I’m not pointing fingers at a lot that I’m not involved in. I’m just as guilty, though I’m learning to be more aware each day.

Through our arrogance we bicker and quarrel. We see humility as weakness, or at best we say we desire humility but keep acting in our arrogance. We have a hard time considering others as our equals or even as our superiors, though this is exactly what Jesus did. He put our needs before his own as he went to the cross for us.

Humility, I find, is not weakness. In fact, it takes a strong person to be humble, but those who are truly humble don’t find strength in themselves for we are all frail humans. True strength that sustains humility is found in the confidence that God is sovereign and cares for each of us.

It is because of Jesus that I can take the insult without retaliation. It is through his strength that I feel no need to put myself first. It is only through his wisdom that I can put my wants aside for the sake of others’ needs.

I have a long way to go as I seek the humility of Christ in me, but I desperately want it. Unfortunately, in order for anyone to learn humility God will put them in situations where they must practice it among people who aren’t.

It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. In fact, there has been a recent study of the most successful businesses in America that showed that the vast majority of those business’s leaders are successful because they are humble people who seek quality in their work without need for praise of others.

Even more so, however, the scripture reminds us over and over that God brings down the arrogant but exalts and gives grace to the humble.

May we become more like Christ as we seek true humility in our lives. May we do more than just say words that sound like humility – may we truly be humble. Then, may we be the catalysts for change in our communities as people see the nature of Christ in us, for if we continue in our arrogance we will only see decline and contempt for the church.

I hope this impacts you like it does me. I want this badly, and I’m going to be pursuing this. I don’t expect it will happen overnight, but I want the nature of Christ to be event in me – Philippians 2 calls me to that.

 


A Call to Renewal

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Well, it’s official. Phil Robertson has been reinstated to the show “Duck Dynasty”. Vast populations of Americans have been up in arms about the decision to remove him from this show. Phil has been quoted out of context by innumerable sources in order to fuel this flame. People have been vocal in their support for the Robertson family and their ability to live out their life on television.

I find it interesting that so many people were so vocal about such a small thing. Honestly, the Robertsons don’t need people to defend them. They don’t need the show. Phil could care less about camera crews and show seasons. The only season he cares about is duck season. But they have used this show to create a buzz worldwide about the Christian faith.

We live in a world where the old saying is true: the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I was actually told that fact by a city leader the other day in response to some complaints they were getting and their interest in appeasing those complainers. We see this coming true concerning Duck Dynasty.

This is evident also in the moral direction of our country. We are becoming more and more complacent in our belief that sin is real and that there is punishment for such sin. Christians are acting like homosexuality is the only sin and non-Christians are acting like intolerance is the only sin, and the whole country is forgetting that sins have been paid for and love is the way of Christ and Christians.

Why are we forgetting what sin is? Because those of us who know the definition are becoming increasingly silent. We don’t want to create conflict, so we sit by and allow others who do not know Jesus to define the moral code of our society. Vast numbers of Christians don’t vote at all – much less based on biblical morals. Christians all over are silent when it comes to defense of the faith they profess. Our understanding of the reality of the spiritual realm and the battle therein is waning due to our apathy. Satan is winning the war for our nation of souls, and he is not doing it with demon possession or any other direct attack. Satan is winning by sitting by and allowing us to forget the battle that rages on around us.

We are Christians. We are called to love intentionally and unconditionally. We are called to know the will of God and live it. We are called to be unashamedly vocal for our faith.

We are not called to be hateful but loving. We are not called to be harsh but gentle. We are not called to be demanding but servants. We are called to change the world like Jesus did in his day.

May we be a nation who repents. May we remember the calling of The Lord to Solomon:

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14

It is past time for the Christians in this world to remember that the God who lives in them gives them the ability to stand up in the face of certain persecution. He has promised to reward those who give all for Him. He makes no such promise for those who remain apathetic in their Christianity.

This is not a call to choose some political side. This is a call to choose the kingdom of God and live there without shame or regret. It is a call to engage in the spiritual battle once again declaring your freedom from the control of the evil one through the blood of Jesus and His Spirit who lives in you. It is a call to live such godly lives in public and private that though they accuse you of all sorts of things they may see your good deeds and glorify the Almighty because of you (1 Peter 2:12). It is a call to live as true Christians (Christ-followers) and not merely use the title for social status.


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