2 Corinthians 6:1-3 (NLT)
As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation. We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry.
Today is the Day of Salvation! Salvation is God’s Favor. It is the day He listens for your voice and answers your call. It is not a moment in time but the beginning of forever and works itself out not in a moment but in the series of time called life. How could one possibly believe that salvation is an experience limited to one prayer with our Creator without anything to follow? The Grace of God is His Merciful Kindness that God exerts His Holy Influence on souls and turns them to Christ. I don’t know about you but God is continually turning my heart back to Jesus. His Grace is sufficient which is awesome because it is needed every day. Salvation is a gracious welcome and acceptance into the Kingdom of God. It is not a time of rest but rather when we begin our ministry in a lost and dying world. We are God’s Partners. Such a calling cannot be ignored. We are to live a life that is always pointing to Jesus causing no one to stumble because of us. This is where many Christians and Disciples of Christ will crash and burn. The Day of Salvation is at hand. Not just for those who are lost and dying, but also those who are saved and sanctified. Purification is a process. It is how God works out one’s salvation while using His Holy Influence demonstrated in another (ministry) to call others from the darkness into His Glorious Light. Such a ministry requires humility. Accepting the Salvation of God through His Son, Jesus, it does not stop there, but unfolds into a beautiful relationship between the Father and His Children remaining in partnership with God serving others. Humility is to be conscious of one’s failings. The humble are unpretentious exalting Jesus Christ only. Humility is not being other’s doormat but living a life that opens the Door of Salvation for others. It releases us from desiring human acceptance and accolades knowing full well who we are in Jesus Christ. As a Child of God, we serve with conviction to satisfy our Father demonstrating His Love through our attitudes and actions. Identifying with God allows us to release the notion that we need to prove to the world who we are and create a name here on earth knowing our name is in the Lamb’s Book of Life is enough. Humility allows one to live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us and no one will find fault in our ministry. To know God and serve Him – it is up to God’s Children to discover true humility and live under God’s Holy Influence.
Romans 3:22-24 (NLT)
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins.
Humility demands a constant reminder that we have all fallen short of God’s Glorious Standard. Salvation cannot change the details of one’s past. Salvation can change the consequences of wrongdoing. Jesus Christ applies the Grace of God in our life. However, pride will attempt to exalt believers who forget sometimes just how they made it out of the darkness. God does not want you to dwell on the past. You are a new creation. However, humility reminds us that it was nothing that we did to arrive in God’s Kingdom and that Jesus did it all. We were just fortunate enough to receive the Gift that was offered. We called on the Lord and He saved us. Nothing we could do would ever change our situation or the outcome (death) of our life due to the sin penalty. Therefore, we have nothing to boast about except the Lord Jesus Christ. According to God’s Word, “we all fall short.” It is the undeserved kindness of God the Father that changed your situation. Discipline comes from the Father and those fortunate enough to acquire Knowledge of God that is turned to wisdom. It is humbling when we return to the Cross and remember that Jesus paid it all. This life we live is only possible in partnership with God. No matter how much we serve, how hard we work or all the “right” in our life – the only righteousness found in our life is from Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore, as a believer, I have no right to judge another only to love them as Jesus loves me.
Galatians 6:13-15 (NLT)
As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross,my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation.
Humility cannot boast about anything except the Cross of Jesus. The Law was impossible for humanity to fulfill so God sent Jesus Christ to satisfy the mandate and penalty of the Law. Religiosity tells people that by living according to these rules and regulations that somehow man can exalt self in some way. It is impossible. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Law was satisfied by the Lord alone. Devotion and dedication to God come from a heart overflowing with Love for the Father and Son that continuously. A checklist lifestyle that insinuates the necessity to fulfill the Law of God is a lie. The only thing worth boasting about is the Love of God demonstrated through Jesus Christ and trying to Love just like Jesus. We pass from death to life through the Blood of Jesus. Anything else is a farce or vain attempt to steal God’s Glory through religion. Humility points to Jesus. It tells the story of His Mercy and Grace taking none of the credit. Our song should not be “I Did It My Way” but rather “Look What the Lord Has Done.”
Colossians 3:12-14 (NLT)
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
Humility binds us together in harmony. Pride and arrogance will tear relationships apart. God chose you to be the holy people he loves. Again, there was nothing we could do to achieve such a status. God picked us to be on His Team and didn’t leave us on the fence not because we were the best player with perfect stats but because God operates with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Humanity has long tested these qualities in the Lord only to see God respond the same way every single time. God made allowance for our faults in Jesus Christ. Forgiveness pardons us from the penalty of sin. Humility requires forgiveness of God’s People as well. It doesn’t matter what another person does to us, it is to be forgiven. Forgiveness is not about the other person. It is all about what God has done for you. You cannot be offended and expect God not to be by your sin and the many ways we fall short of His Glory each day. Humility allows us to forgive others freely without holding a grudge but moving past what they have done to who they are. Just like you, God loves them. God desires them. They are your brother or sister in Jesus Christ. With compassion one’s heart should long for their salvation rather condemning them through unforgiveness. Unforgiveness is like a prison that holds the life of another in balance as well as your own. You cannot abandon your post. You must guard the cell of your heart when it does not trust God to do it for you. Humble people seek to maintain relationships rather than destroy them. With a hard gulp, I read these words over and over as I look at the unforgiveness harbored in my very human heart.
Matthew 5:5-6 (NLT)
God blesses those who are humble for they will inherit the whole earth. God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice for they will be satisfied.
The humble have a massive inheritance. God’s Children are marked by meek existences. A meek life is one that gentle, calm, yielding and submissive. Pride does not like the word “submissive” and rallies against it every day. By yielding to God, a believer demonstrates total trust and faith in the Father to meet their every need. It is a bold statement in a surrendered position. By letting go of our pride, we can accept all that God is offering us through the Salvation of His Son, Jesus. I cannot be given an inheritance until I am identified as a legitimate member of the family. There is nothing I can do to procure God’s Riches for they came at Christ’s Expense, but I can be identified as a Child of God releasing His Wealth into my life. The very next verse says, “God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice.” Rightstanding with God is acquired through justice. When Jesus satisfied the penalty of sin, then God’s People could be righteous once more. In such a place is satisfaction even though it is a granted position and not one that is personally achievable. Freedom comes in humility. It allows us to live under the supernatural favor of our Father in Heaven and escape the bondage of this world with all its obligations. By surrendering one’s heart and life to God and living as a new creation, we can experience the Inheritance of God firsthand and be partakers of God’s Favor!
I Peter 3:13-16 (NLT)
Now, who will want to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you suffer for doing what is right, God will reward you for it. So don’t worry or be afraid of their threats. Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way.Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
The humble are rewarded in Heaven. God promises to reward you for doing good, but the world is not always a fan of those who choose godliness and live such a life. There will be times when God’s People feel taken for granted and overlooked. You are a foreigner in the land. Hebrews 11:13 reminds us that there are days when the Kingdom of God seems like a faraway land which we are homesick for as we look ahead at the Promise. Children of the Light no longer belong in the darkness and sin of this world making it a difficult place to survive requiring daily grace and mercy to make it through to God’s Promises. It is imperative for God’s People to look for a heavenly world and not an earthly one. Matthew 11:12 reminds us that violence is nothing new to the Kingdom of God. Good and evil will be in opposition until this place is no more. The deeper in the Presence of God one chooses to go the stronger the opposition of the enemy in a vain attempt to pull all God’s People out of the Light plunging them back into darkness. It is a battle that rages. It is unseen in the natural but totally experienced in the spiritual realm. It requires violent defense in return. God’s People cannot win this battle by might and power but by the Spirit of God. (Zechariah 4:6) Humility keeps us in the Presence of God as the battle wars around us. We are rewarded for valiant effort. Do not look to others for your prize, they have nothing to offer. Vain glory and foolish pride do nothing but exalt self. Exalt the Name of the Lord today and raise a banner of love over your life. You must fight to remain faithful. Be territorial about God’s Truth and Promises for your life. Never give up or give in the enemy’s assault. Remain humble before the Lord and He will be your strength.
Matthew 20:26-28 (NLT)
“But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The mother of James and John both disciples of Jesus had a simple request. She asked the Lord to favor her two sons placing them in seats of honor the Kingdom of God, one to the right and the other to the left. This woman clearly did not understand the price her boys would have to pay for such an honor though impossible to say the least. Yet many times Christians put a hierarchy in Heaven that does not exist. Jesus Christ was God in human form. He was the Word made flesh who humbled himself to die for mankind. He suffered brutally willingly. He went to the Cross knowing the pain and punishment that must be endured. He served all the way to Golgotha. To lead others to Jesus Christ is achieved through humbling loving and serving others and seldom any other way. We “lead” others to Jesus by service. How can we serve people we offend by pride? Is it possible to serve an enemy with a loving heart? It is completely possible for those who choose to know and understand humility making it a lifestyle rather than polite conversation. Humility is surrendering our old life to be a new creation. It requires a new thought process that is Kingdom-based and found only in God’s Word as it is a mystery to this world. Do you want to be first in the Kingdom of God? If so, you must remain last here on earth pushing others into the Presence of God by “tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” You must live in a constant state of forgiveness abandoning offense, bitterness and strife. No longer worried about self-promotion or personal recognition, your life becomes a Banner of the Love of God in action every day! You are a Child of God. This world has nothing to offer. Humbly accept the sponsorship of God in your life today and live in the freedom of one surrendered to the Most High God!
Psalm 69:32 (NLT)
The humble will see their God at work and be glad. Let all who seek God’s help be encouraged.