Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Make Me Humble!

December 17: Philippians 1-4

1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:1-11, ESV

Make Me Humble!

Humility--now there is a dying characteristic! How many current popular novels or movies do you know which have a humble main character? Remember the old Disney movies--what characteristics did we see in Snow White or Cinderella? Now, how about current Disney movies? The main character is elevated because of his or her spunky, rebellious spirit! Is it no wonder we see such major rebellion among our youth of today?

Is humility a weakness or is it a strength? In our politically correct generation, humility is disdained as weakness of character. But, what does the Bible say; as a matter of fact, what does Paul say in today's Bible reading passage? Look at verses 3 and 4 shown above.

Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

What example did Paul use to illustrate such a bold statement. He used the most perfect example of all!

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

Is humility an easy trait to develop? Can we do it by our own power? If you have any doubt about these questions, just look at children under the age of 2! How humble are they? How much concern do they shown for their parents when they do not feel like sleeping at night, or when a favorite toy is lost?

I do not know about you, but one of the most grievous things I face in this life is dealing with my own sin. I want to be humble, but then out bursts the ugly head of pride. I want to be kind, until someone steals my favorite chair. I want to think of others before myself, but who do I think of when I first awake in the morning?

Only by falling before Christ and pleading for strength to live a life holy and acceptable to God can we accomplish anything near humility. And, remember, do not take pride in the fact that you are asking God for humility!

Though the world may ridicule now, a time will come when every single person will bow the knee, and confess with his tongue that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God, the father.

What should our prayer be today? Lord, make me humble!

God Bless You,
Linda

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