Posts tagged humility
Posts tagged humility
How to avoid getting 47-percent’d. (via cheatsheet)
This isn’t about politics. We all know people on both sides of the aisle who shun regular folks. It’s about this:
“My brethren, do not hold the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with partiality. For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes, and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, “You sit here in a good place,” and say to the poor man, “You stand there,” or, “Sit here at my footstool,” have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
“Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man.
“Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts? Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called? If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well; but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:1-9, 13 NKJV)
I’m not Catholic. Nevertheless, I was touched by this piece on the new pope, Francis.
I am called back to the memory of Assisi. The pink stoned walls and the peaceful prayers whispered on the way up to the Basilica of Saint Francis.
Francis. The name of our new Pope. He chose the name of a man who traced the pink walls with his hands. Once rich and robed, he tossed out his wealth to choose the countryside instead of his castle. A man who sang to the earth and called out to brother moon and sister sun. A man whose heart longed to be this channel of peace and borne out of his heart is Assisi. A peaceful little city crowning the mountains Umbria, Italy.
I watched the news this morning to know more about Papa Francesco. They say he rode the bus to work and chose the apartment instead of the archbishop’s palace. His first words to the public was to ask for blessings instead of giving his blessing. He seems to have a different default. Asking, receiving first instead of giving. And is it not such an act of faith? Of humility? To know that one is in need of something first before he can give?
Perhaps this is the new chapter of our faith’s history. Knowing that we are in dire need of peace. And to keep walking steadfastly is to recognize this need and just softly ask. For in asking, there can be believing. And in believing, we may receive.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.” (Romans 12:1, 3-5 NKJV)
“Think soberly,” Paul says. Not, “See yourselves the way your haters see you,” but “Think soberly,” no self-hatred or false humility necessary.
Your haters want to see the self-hatred, the scrambling to please them when there is no pleasing them. God wants sobriety, the clear-eyed realization that we’re no worse — yet no better — than anybody else. Viewed in this way, service is no longer about humiliation, but about the spiritual maturity we’ve achieved.
Humility Is a Weapon
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you. (1 Peter 5:6-10 NKJV)
I’ve been through this, and I can testify that it is true. When the devil comes calling, turn him over to God, and things will get better. Usually, it’s quicker than you think it’s going to be.
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
If you’re not humbling yourself before God, you’re humbling yourself before the devil, and that ain’t working. Give God a try — another try.
Matthew 23:11-12 NLT
The greatest among you must be a servant. But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
No one is exempt here. If you want the romance, the intimacy, the ecstasy of the Song of Solomon, you serve God before you serve people, and you serve others before you serve yourself. Yes, of course it’s a pain, but come on! Intimacy, romance, ecstasy? Aren’t those joys worth a little pain?
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