There is always room to do better in life. We all should be pressing daily toward God’s higher calling for our lives.
Like Paul, we should want to know Christ, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me (Phil. 3:10-13).
Holding fast to this lifetime principle of (room for improvement) set us on the path to be successful and victorious. Because God has given us a spirit of excellence, humility must first be in place to walk in the full power and presence that Jesus Christ has made possible (St. John 14:12).
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). We do not always do what is right in life, but with great humility we can see our short comings, mistakes and faults in life and take ownership by being accountable. And making every effort to allow God to change our lives for His Glory is true humility.
We are not perfect, but in Him (JESUS) there is everything that is needed to live godly lives and walk according to His will (Phil. 4:13, Ps. 121:1-6, St. John 15:1-7). It very true that there are seasons and times in life that we are on top of our game or hitting it out of the park. Even then, it’s by God’s grace and mercy. But, no matter how talented we are, there is almost always somebody on any given day who can do it better.
Humility consists of lowliness of mind but not self-hate (Rom. 8:1-4). Having a deep sense of one’s own unworthiness in the sight of God in accepting Jesus Christ Lord and Savior is great humility.
It also means being able to repent of sin and submission to God’s divine and perfect will. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:8-9).
Joseph was 17 years old going when his brothers seized hold of him. He was sold him as a slave into Egypt because of jealousy. Joseph was the 11th son of Jacob, and his story is found in (Gen. 37-50). This behavior, combined with his father Jacob’s recognizable favoritism towards Joseph, caused the brothers to resent. Like most of us, Joseph had to learn humility the hard way in life.
Submitting ourselves to God, resist the devil, and he will flee — these are battles we must fight each and every day. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. God wants us to have a willing heart, mind and actionable faith to change.
He will allow our laughter to change into mourning and our joy to gloom to wake us up just like Joseph. The choice to humble ourselves in life is up to us but if we do not, God will allow life to humble us. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you. Fear of the Lord is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes humility (Proverbs 15:33).
Anthony A. Armstrong is senior pastor at Unity Christian Fellowship Church at Pine Bluff.
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