In the same way that local church pastors need to apply the Sunday sermon to themselves first, these lessons are first colored in the depths of my own soul. Sometimes, I simply need grace-filled reminders for my own journey. Then there are times when I am praying for others in the trenches and these lessons surface in my mind.
Because I believe we can all serve God and each other with greater faithfulness, I share these thoughts that are themed around humility and holiness. After all, “Holiness is basic to all fellowship with God” (H. Padgett Robinson).
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- Take it easy on your memory. Live with integrity, be transparent, and tell the truth. The truth is always easier to remember. I know that sounds basic, but such sweet holiness needs no repentance.
- Are you looking for a promotion? Wisdom is the principal thing. Exalt her, and she will promote you. Read Proverbs 4:7-8. This humble path is the means to greater servanthood.
- While “they” are saying it’s impossible, stay too busy trusting the call of God to hear them (tweet this). If your humble confidence is in His leadership, their criticism can’t stop your holy calling.
- Cover to cover, our Bible teaches holiness. This clear and consistent theme can be trusted, regardless of what you know or have experienced. Never be ashamed to teach the biblical balance.
- Since God hates pride and opposes the prideful, do not be prideful about the position you hold and the gifts you serve with. C.S. Lewis once said, “… through pride… the devil became the devil. Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind…” Keep yourself humble or God will arrange it for you.
- The lifestyle of leadership requires a life that is lived more by disciplines than desires. Additionally, the consecrated servants of God must model this.
- Be a humble Demetrius and not a prideful Diotrephes. Diotrephes held a doctorate in disrespect. He’s the antithesis of a holy church leader. Read 3 John 9-12.
- Be a good forgetter. The ability to forget is a precious gift from God and by forgetting, I mean that we should choose not to remember and dwell on the past. The failures and successes of our past need not be our focus. Forget them, live humbly, and move forward in holiness. Read Philippians 3:12-14.
- Humility is the proper attitude and altitude in God’s presence. Abram fell on his face and heard the Almighty speak and instruct him. His humility led him into the holiness of God’s fellowship. See Genesis 17.
- Those who are called to lead God’s people are primarily called to serve Christ (tweet this). This humble path leans on His holiness. Those who are called to lead God’s people are not called to serve their own personal agendas, preferences, or power-hungry personalities. This prideful path is filled with self-righteousness.
- The same letters, which spell LISTEN also spell SILENT. In order to do the former, you must be the latter. To humbly listen is a sign of respect and such silence leads to deeper fellowship. You listen best to God, your family, and others by being silent.
- This way is called holiness. The call to follow Christ has always been a Cross-cultural invitation and humbly following Christ will always be counter-cultural.
Prior to today, have you ever realized the clear relationship between holiness and humility? Which of these twelve spoke the loudest to your heart? If you’re anything like me, you see the room to continue to grow in God’s grace. Would you care to join me in this prayer?
Prayer: Father, thank you for the privilege to serve You and Your people. Your great grace, which has brought me salvation is truly amazing. Please empower me to be a good student of Your grace as You continue to teach me how to live a responsible, honorable, and God-fearing life. My desire is to do right, love mercy, and walk humbly with You as I serve You all the days of my life. In Jesus holy name, I believe that I might humbly receive. Amen.