TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, February 22, 2019:
The quality or state of being humble; modest opinion of one’s own importance; meekness; neither proud nor arrogant.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
Therefore, as the elect of God, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with one another.
Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
I Peter 5:6.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Humility does not come naturally. Whether we are willing or not to admit it, there is hidden pride in all of us. The well-known preacher, Charles Spurgeon, defined humility as making a right estimate of ourselves. The Bible describes humility as meekness, lowliness and absence of self. If we are doing something that we consider “right” when others are doing something that we think is not “right” or we have more success in doing something than another person, it is easy to think that we are the better person. This is pride which is the exact opposite of humility. We all over-estimate ourselves.
The Apostle Paul cautions us against the idea of thinking we are better than others by saying that we are to consider others better than ourselves. We must understand that our worth comes from God. We are all sinners and really not worthy of God’s favor. But God reached out to us in love to give us worth and dignity despite our sins and short comings. We must always remember that we are just sinners saved by grace and it is only by salvation that we become worthy of God’s Kingdom.
We must also remember that any success or any accomplishment we obtain that is fruitful is because of the Lord’s blessing. Jesus said in John 15:5, “Apart from Me you can do nothing.”
Our goal should be to become Christ-like and to serve the Lord. In order to be Christ-like we must have the quality of humility. Jesus humbled Himself, setting aside heavenly glory to become a man to save us from our sins. He did not come to be served but to serve and give His life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). As Christ’s representatives in this world we are to be kind, humble, meek, patient and peaceful as Christ was (Colossians 2:12).
There are two issues concerning humility as it relates to our lives. We first must be concerned that we are humble before God. God expects us to come to Him daily with a humble servant-like attitude. We should be in awe of God and the magnitude of His power, His love, His Sovereignty, and His blessings and go to our knees in humble adoration of Him.
No matter what God calls on us to do to serve Him we must accept the fact that no job is beneath us. Just as Jesus humbled Himself and washed the disciple’s feet, we must be willing to humble ourselves to do as Jesus did.
The second issue is whether we exemplify Christ-like humility in our relationship with our family, friends, and neighbors. Do we appear prideful and boastful or do they see us kind and caring and putting others before ourselves in true Christ-like humility. If we have a daily relationship with the Lord, a humble spirit will be exhibited in the way we relate to others because of this relationship.
It is amazing what one can accomplish when one does not care who gets the credit. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 3:6-7, “I planted, Apollos watered but God gave the increase?” It is not easy to remain humble when God allows you to be successful. Can you stay humble while enjoying success?
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 32:7.
You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah
Help me to get rid of my selfish ambition so that through my words and deeds others may see Christ. Give me a humble spirit and a servant’s heart that will keep me willing to serve and to bring glory and honor to God.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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