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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Empty Glass Christians"

Date published: 02/26/2011

James 1:9 “The brother in humble circumstances ought to take pride in his high position.” (NIV)

Philippians 2:7-8 shows the humility in which you are to live in its purest form - “(Jesus) made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross!”  Today's verse uncovers a tension in humility – “take pride in his high position.”  You have a high position because you live in humble circumstances.  Why should you take pride in your humility?  Humility requires you to walk by faith as you put everything before yourself.  By faith, you are placing your trust in God and submitting everything to Him.  You are trusting Jesus to work His best while He carries you forward.  It is this type of faith that deepens your relationship with Jesus and positions you for His rich work.  But don’t let this become a point of pride in your life.  1 Peter 1:7 says, “These have come so that your faith — of greater worth than gold.”  Your intimacy with God through faith can actually place you in a better position of experiencing and knowing Jesus.  This is where humility becomes tricky.  Your closeness to God and the good things He does for you should not give you a pretext of pride where you feel comfortable in moving away from Him by trusting your abilities above God’s provision.  The tension in your walk with Christ becomes positive as you learn to empty yourself totally (empty glass Christian) so that God can fill your life with His presence and work while continuing to allow His influence and work during both good and bad times.  Regardless of your success, you must continue in Christ as Paul said in Philippians 2:17, “I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith.”  Continue to live your life in total humility (empty glass) so that you might experience Christ more personally and powerfully.  Never allow the blessings of Christ to allow you to default to your strength, but instead let God’s blessings create a greater passion for Him as you live humbly in His presence.

1 Peter 5:5-6 “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”