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Practise humility

14 October 2021
‘Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’

Paul had one of the greatest ministries the world has ever known, but he said of himself, ‘Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I am the worst of them’ (1 Timothy 1:15 GNT). When people told Paul how great he was, he stayed humble by remembering what he used to be. If we believe God has called us, our response should be to bow down in humility before Him. When the Angel of the Lord told an ageing Zacharias he would father a son named John the Baptist, Zacharias hit the floor and didn’t move, to the point where people wondered if he was dead. Ezekiel had a book in the Bible named after him, but when God called him, he collapsed on the floor and God had to tell him to get up, saying, ‘Stand up, son of man…I want to speak to you’ (Ezekiel 2:1 NLT). When John the Revelator saw Jesus standing in the midst of the seven churches, he wrote, ‘When I saw him, I fell down at his feet like a dead man’ (Revelation 1:17 NCV). Paul wrote, ‘Walk…with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering’ (Ephesians 4:1-2 NKJV). Think about the phrase ‘walking with God’. There’s no higher calling than that, and the higher our calling, the lower we must become in our own estimation. Humility doesn’t mean thinking less of yourself; it means thinking of yourself less. Jesus summed it up like this: ‘Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.’ So today, practise humility.

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