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Humble Yourselves Under God's Mighty Hand
    Humility is an aspect of the relationship we have with ourselves. Our opinion of ourselves to a large degree determines how we relate to others. Like everything else about us, this inner relationship with ourselves is corrupted by sin. Our inner life needs to be sanctified by God's power, or we will never relate to others properly.

 

Until we allow our inner life to be subject to God's authority, we will struggle in all of our relationships. The Apostle Paul exhorted us not to think of ourselves more highly than we ought. (Romans 12:3) The context of Romans 12 is our interactions with other church members. Each of us is to function as a team member, and not think of ourselves as more important than others.

 

In the same context of the church, the Apostle Peter commands us to be humble. "All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." (1 Peter 5:5-6)

 

If we are humble, God will lift us up. But, our pride deceives us, and we think we can lift ourselves up. Instead, we always end up pushing someone else down. Prideful behavior is one of the main causes of damage to relationships. Of course, this is the way of the world: dog eat dog; get yours while you can; nice guys finish last. But, this is selfish pride, and it has no place in the church.

 

Jesus taught that the last will be first and the first will be last. (Matthew 20:16) He said that whoever wants to become great must be a servant. (Matthew 20:26) This is what Peter is refering to when he says "humble yourselves." If we want to be used greatly by God, we must first humble ourselves, and let God lift us up.

 

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. However, we do not earn grace by being humble. As John Piper puts it: "The reason is not that humility is a performance of virtue that earns grace, but that humility is a confession of emptiness that receives grace."

 

God opposes our pride because it causes us to be filled with ourselves. If we abandon our pride, and humbly acknowledge our emptiness, God will fill us with his grace to serve.      Pastor Dan Rhodes

 
 
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