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"Get a Life From Humility"

Date published: 01/20/2017
James 4:10 “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.” (NIV)  

   Would you like to see God more involved in your struggles? Would you like to experience more of God in general? The fact is you cannot get any more of God than you already have, but you can allow Him to work in your life more. How then do I allow God to work more in my life? There are several key things that open your life to more of God’s work, but humility is close to the top. Humility could very well be inserted in place of love in 1 Corinthians 13:1b where Paul says, “But if I have not love (humility), I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” (NIV) As humility is the reflection of the love within you, so love is the reflection of Jesus’ life in you. 

   Jesus was who He was on earth because of the depth of His relationship with God, His Father. It was only out of the depth of this relationship that Jesus could love others in humility by serving and ministering.  Philippians 2:5-11 describes the humility of Jesus’ ministry on earth. Verse 8 tells how His very appearance required humility: “Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself.” (NIV) If you were to give options of how God would achieve the redemption of mankind, you would probably never dream of God’s option of humbling Himself to become man

   Jesus provides the perfect example for humility. Jesus was lifted up on the cross that mankind might be saved. God wants to lift you up as you serve others in humility. In Mark 10:35-45 the disciples revealed their desire for greatness, while in verse 45 Jesus said that greatness comes from serving, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many."(NIV) Your ability to serve is rooted in humility even as your ability to live humbly flows out of your relationship with Christ. Humility exposes you to others in a way that makes you vulnerable. Living humbly is predicated on your ability to submit yourself to God by trusting your vulnerability to Him. It is out of this trust that you experience a greater presence and work of God. A life lived humbly becomes a beacon of light that points to God. Humility is a wonderful path to experiencing more of God. 

Isaiah 57:15 "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.”  (NIV) 

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