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::Devotional:: ‘The Lord Expects Our Humility’

July 27, 2010

So you’ve been saved, now what?  You’ve accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and have been born again into a new life.  Now what? Are there expectations from the Lord now that you’ve been saved?  Absolutely.  Yesterday we talked about the expectation of our commitment to the Lord and today we are going to look at the expectation of our humility before the Lord.

What is humility?

Well, what I’ve seen most often is that people put themselves down and refer to it as being humble or having humility.  There’s a difference in having a poor self-image and a proper self-image.  Telling myself that I’m nothing or I’m no good is not humility, but reminding myself that I’m made in the image of Christ and he is the Lord of my life is.  I’m not sure where I came across this definition of humility but I’ve held onto it ever since I saw it.  Humility is not thinking less of oneself, but thinking of oneself less often.  Dictionary.com defines humility as a modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc.

Why does the Lord expect our humility?

As you’ve spent time in the word you’ve seen that the Lord has compassion for those who are in need of his care.  His ears are attentive to the cries of those who love and need him.  Salvation through Jesus Christ is the ultimate example of this compassion.  By accepting the free gift of salvation and relinquishing control of your life to Jesus, making him Lord of your life, you’ve given him the top ranking in your life.  You’ve humbled yourself into becoming number 2 instead of number 1 in your own life.  That is a good thing.  That is what the Lord expects from us.  I’ve heard it said in regards to our lives that unless Jesus is made Lord of all he’s not Lord at all.

The Lord expects our humility because it proclaims our dependence on him.  It is an avenue through which he can make himself known to the world.  People don’t often take note when we try to depend on ourselves, but when we depend on the Lord it is noticeable.  We display our humility when we look to the Lord for guidance, for help, for strength, for understanding, and more.  When we no longer think that we have all the answers and we can do things on our own we open the door for the glory of the Lord to shine through our lives.  That’s what he’s looking for and that’s why he expects our humility.

He mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.  Proverbs 3:34

Sometimes the easy thing to do in life is to try to do everything ourselves.  To be independent.  But to be independent of the Lord who saved us is prideful and the Lord will resist that behavior.  It’s much harder to be humble and depend on the Lord, but when we do there’s endless grace coming our way.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-


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