Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Humility and the Peace of Christ

And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.  –Mark 9:35 (KJV)

It’s human nature to want to pat ourselves on the back every once in a while or toot our own horns, as the old saying goes.  Someone has suggested the reason God created us as He did is so that we cannot reach back and pat our own backs.  Jesus reminded His disciples in Mark 9 that if we seek to be great we must first become servants to all.  This is a hard pill for many of us to swallow.  So, if I want to be great in God’s kingdom, I must get there be being everyone’s servant.  Bingo.  Jesus taught that if we exalt ourselves we are going to be humbled.  One the other hand, if we humble ourselves we will be exalted. 

Jesus also said in Luke 14:7-11 that if we are invited to a banquet do not choose the seat of honor.  The host might tell you in front of everyone that you are in the wrong seat and you will be embarrassed (humbled) at having to move.  Instead, choose a seat away from the head table.  The host might then come to you and invite you to a better seat, and there in the presence of all the guests you are honored.  Jesus was using this parable as an illustration as to how we are to approach everyday life.  If we truly seek to walk in the power of Christ each day then humility is a must.  Humility involves a humble heart, attitude, and spirit.  Humility is always more concerned about the needs of others over our own.

I mentioned in another post about how contented people are also connected to people.  If we have built into our lives meaningful relationships through which we can minister and encourage others we will be blessed. Let me add to this contented people are also humble people.  Humility frees us from the burden of always trying to place ourselves ahead of everyone else.  The contentment which comes from a humble spirit is the joy of being released from always having to be first.  What follows is a blessed formula for peace.  Humility produces patience, which brings calm, which creates stability, which equals peace.  Christ makes all this possible through faith in Him.  Humility allows us to focus on what truly needs done without getting bogged down in life’s minor irritations. 

By the power of Christ we have the ability to step back and allow others to have the glory and recognition.  We are empowered to rest in the knowledge that the Lord knows of our accomplishments, which is enough, and He will give us recognition at the proper time.  Therefore, relax, walk forward in faith, develop the humble spirit Jesus was talking about, and stop worrying.  God has a plan, and you are a vital part of it.

God bless you