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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Humility or Pride"

Date published: 01/17/2010

Mark 1:7 (John the Baptist speaking about Jesus) “After me will come one more powerful than I, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie.” (NIV) 

John had grown in power and following – yet his pride had not blocked his ability to know God’s purpose for him. Here John was probably at the pinnacle of his stature, but he did not allow pride to block God’s work in his life. John knew that true purpose and satisfaction came not from work and the accolades of man, but from doing the very will of God. John not only did not allow pride to take over, but he also started to dismantle his stature among those who followed him. He chose the lowest denominator, the feet, to illustrate his position in relationship to Jesus. John did not try to hold onto his accomplishments and pride – he chose to humble himself to the lowest point possible in order to elevate the coming of Jesus Christ. He did not want any confusion on how to get to God, but only to fulfill his calling of preparing the way for Jesus.  1 Peter 5:6 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” It is so easy to confuse purpose by supplanting God’s work in you with your work for God. One requires an abandonment of pride for humility while the other can easily result in pride, promotion, and praise. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." It is only out of total abandonment and humility that God’s work is totally released in you. You must not see yourself as what is important, but Jesus as your salvation, hope, and victory. Just as Jesus had to totally humble Himself, so you too must humble yourself even to the point of death. There is nothing in your life beyond the reach of God’s purpose for you. It is only out of total abandonment that you can fulfill your purpose for Him. Pray for a humility that opens yourself to the full empowerment of His Holy Spirit now and in the future.  

1 Corinthians 4:9-13 “For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like men condemned to die in the arena.  We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to men. We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ!  We are weak, but you are strong!  You are honored, we are dishonored! To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; when we are slandered, we answer kindly.  Up to this moment we have become the scum of the earth, the refuse of the world.” (NIV)