All my Bible readings today spoke about the importance of having a humble heart. The words of Jesus in Matthew 11:29 captured my attention right away: “I’m gentle and humble in heart.” We are called to be like Jesus.
I currently reading through Judges. Today’s passage happened to be about Gideon whose faith was even admired in Hebrews (11:32-34). Gideon certainly did believe (and act upon it) but he needed signs and a lot of assuring from God. Yet, even when he fought for the Lord he guided his men to shout ‘For the LORD and for Gideon!’ (Judges 7:18). His heart was not humble. Even though he knew he was no conventional hero material he was ready to take half the credit. Sounds too familiar. We are ready to work for God as long as we get half the credit, too.
“Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. My fault, Lord; have mercy!”, I plea. “How can I learn to be truly humble and bring all glory to you?”, I ask.
Are any of you wise and understanding? Show that your actions are good with a humble lifestyle that comes from wisdom. However, if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, then stop bragging and living in ways that deny the truth. This is not the wisdom that comes down from above. Instead, it is from the earth, natural and demonic. Wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there is disorder and everything that is evil. What of the wisdom from above? First, it is pure, and then peaceful, gentle, obedient, filled with mercy and good actions, fair, and genuine. Those who make peace sow the seeds of justice by their peaceful acts. (James 3: 13-18, CEB, emphasis added)
We are called to “do justice, embrace faithful love, and walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8, CEB). In order to do so we need to surrender our egos and selfish ambitions to God. When we lose ourselves, we gain our true identity. When we let our Selves die on the cross with Christ, God raises our true selves from death with Christ. Hence We don’t capitalize our selves (Not Self but self), but God. We put God first, us second. Because God is God, we are not. And when we serve God with humble hearts and true selves, we live fully in grace and we will -by God’s grace- bear fruit that brings glory to God.
“Crucify my Self with Christ, raise my true self from death with Christ. Create in me a humble heart. May my life bring glory only to you”, I pray.
You unfaithful people! Don’t you know that friendship with the world makes you an enemy of God? Or do you suppose that scripture is meaningless? Doesn’t God long for our faithfulness in the life he has given to us? But he gives us more grace. This is why it says, God stands against the proud, but favors the humble.Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will run away from you. Come near to God, and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners. Purify your hearts, you double-minded. Cry out in sorrow, mourn, and weep! Let your laughter become mourning and your joy become sadness. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4: 4-10, CEB, emphasis added)
God desires exclusive loyalty, obedience, and faithfulness. The Israelites were not able to do so and we are not able to do it on our own, either. But that’s why God sent Jesus to die for our sins. That’s why God raised Jesus from death so we could have grace upon grace. So we could have the Spirit living in us and enabling us to live humbly and obediently.
“Lord, purify my heart! Enable me to serve you humbly” I plea. “May all the glory be yours now and forever!”
When we humble ourselves before the Lord, God will lift us up.
When we surrender our egos to God, he will bless us with our true selves.
When we submit ourselves to God, he will bear fruit through us.
When we give all the glory to God, he will bless us with his peace.
We humble ourselves before you.
Forgive us our selfishness, neglect, and stubbornness.
Purify our hearts!
Enable us to walk humbly with you.
Show us personally
what is means to lead a humble lifestyle.
Thank you, Father, for your love!
Thank you, Jesus, for your grace!
Thank you, Holy Spirit, for your power!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Have you crucified your ego with Christ? How do you respond to God’s add “Wanted: Humble Hearts for God”?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you serve God humbly and obidiently!
Giving thanks today for
#61 God’s living Word
#62 God’s patience with us
#63 enabling grace
#64 God’s holiness
#65 standing invitation to the cross
#66 finding my true identity in Christ
#67 it’s not about me but about God
#68 rest we find in Jesus
#69 peace we have in Jesus
#70 being a child of God
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