Matthew 23:12New International Version (NIV)
12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
- 1. a modest or low view of one’s own importance; humbleness. synonyms:
This morning I had the personal challenge of thinking on humility. The imagery is very real for me. Closing in on the mark, feeling good about myself, walking tall, indestructible, and then it all falls apart. A lost focus allowing pride to creep in and then the fall. Reminding me of the verse,
It happens when we take our eyes off the prize. We get ahead of ourselves and start thinking of ourselves, our goals more than others. We need to get back on track. God instructs us through Paul’s writings:
Philippians 2:3King James Version (KJV)
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
That’s where I need to keep on keeping on. Forget about me, and be the servant I aught to be, always. Remember, Jesus says in Luke 9:62 “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” When we look and think back to the world’s ways, our plow is going to off track. We need to plow forward, stay on course.
Thank the Lord, he is a God of second chances! 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”.
Now, for you that are diligent in your Spirit. If you’ve kept humble and still have a struggle, take heart: Proverbs 22:4 “The reward for humility and fear of the Lord is riches and honor and life.” and James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.”
Lord, thank you for helping me to see the errors in my ways. Remove all the pride that is a stumbling block for me and offense to others. Help me to carry that lowly spirit, not thinking of more of myself than I ought to. I pray I may be fruitful in all I say and do today, as pleasing you. Lord, as well for those who have been carrying that contrite spirit and feel a press in life, that you would lift them today, and help us to encourage one another. Love you Lord and thank you for all you will do. Amen.