When you think of words that make your tummy turn a
little flip and your heart utter a little prayer of
forgiveness, one of those words would most certainly
be HUMILITY. Am I right?
This difficult quality will not grow in us as long
as we are thinking about ourselves. “How do I look?”
“Did I do that right? Are they noticing?”
“How will this affect me?”
“Why are they doing that? That’s not even right!”
“They’re so insensitive!”
Insecurity kills humility.
Cuz thinking about ourselves all the time
is pride… the enemy of humility.
A purposeful effort must be made to
NOT be full of self-thoughts.
Make an effort to…
– be gentle (deciding to be kind)
– be patient (cuz impatience is selfishness!)
– work without a title
– not depend on others’ affirmation
– choose the “invisible” jobs
– recognize others when you’re craving recognition
– be alone without being lonely (quote from our mentor Jeannie)
– stop rating other people
– remember Who you serve & why
Humility is the inside-out virtue that’s produced
by comparing ourselves to the Lord rather than to others.
“Always be humble and gentle.
Be patient with each other,
making allowance for each other’s faults
because of your love.” Ephesians 4:2
When I was growing up my Dad would often explain
something to me and then ask, “Savvy?” This means,
“Get it? Do you understand the whole of it?”
Psalm 55:22 says, “Give your burdens to the LORD,
and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”
God promises to TAKE CARE of us when we fling
our assignments back onto Him.
(In previous posts I discussed these Words.) In this case,
TAKE CARE implies that God will sustain, provide or to
YES! God not only provides, but He provides
in a way that keeps the whole picture in mind.
He gets it! I certainly do NOT!
He sees the future. I only see the now.
He understands what is unseen. I can’t even
understand what’s smack in my face.
Jesus asks me to stop trying to “handle” my life…
He most certainly is “savvy!”
Me… not so much…um, not AT ALL!
It’s there… in the Bible… and it seemed like
such a sad thing to say about the disciples/friends of Jesus.
Jesus hung dying on the cross,
“But Jesus’ friends, including the women who
had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.”
(Luke 23:49 NLT)
It was a BIG deal. A huge moment.
An event that would forever change their lives.
And they kept their distance, watching.
These were not just casual observers who had heard of Jesus,
these were His close friends. The Greek word used in the
text means those who had a close experience with Him;
someone who knew Him first-hand. Someone like…
That’s exactly what I said to Jesus as I read this.
“Lord, I’m like these disciples. I know You first-hand
and understand that You’re doing something hugely
significant right in front of me, and yet I’m standing
off at a distance, rather dumb founded, just watching.”
Then God silently spoke: “You ARE just like those friends.
But what ELSE are they doing?”
Me: Umm.. we’ll they were probably…
Kept eyes glued on Jesus
Oh… Yes… Thank you, Jesus.
I get it!
(Big relieved sigh!)
I will keep my eyes – heart- glued on YOU!
The “Christmas Star” was a sign, a miracle, a guide, an answer to the questions. Could you even count the number of times you’ve asked Jesus for same thing; “Lord, I really need a sign, a miracle, your guidence & some answers! Please!” Yesterday morning as I was saying similar words I realized some things about that special star and how it was similar to the “miracles” that I’m seeking.
THE STAR (miracle) is…
Normal, yet extraordinary– Many people see stars, but not everyone looks closely enough to notice it’s magnificence or it’s power. They look right at it but never recognize that it’s a direct act of God.
THE STAR (miracle) is…
Something only God can do– No one else makes stars. Committees don’t. Influencial people cannot do it. Only JESUS!
THE STAR (miracle)…
Was expected – The wisemen noticed the star because they kept their eyes up; they knew the scriptures and they realized when it actually happened. NOTE: This does NOT mean that it appeared as they’d expected nor does it mean that they totally understand what it meant.
THE STAR (miracle)…
Prompted Action– When the miracle/star appeared, the wiseman acted. They left the normal & travel into the unknown. But the result was seeing the Savior’s face and the joy of being compelled to worship Him.
I don’t want to ask for a miracle if I’m not willing to see it, whatever it looks like, and and to do whatever it’s reality requires of me.
(Another Christmas-ish article that I wrote last year was featured on a Nat’l Church Planters website. Click here)