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The Case for the Psalms:Why they are Essential - N.T.Wright

Journey to the Common Good - Walter Brueggemann

Gagging Jesus: Things Jesus said we wish he hadn't - Phil Moore

Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God - Bob Kauflin

The Writings of the New Testament : An Interpretation - Luke Timothy Johnson

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Home DAILY DEVOTIONS Daily Devotions Grace to the humble.
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Written by Grant Nuss   
Wednesday, 07 December 2016 17:21

James 4:10; “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful” (John Wooden). Humility. I spent some time with a great friend of mine at his office this afternoon (he makes a profound cappuccino) and we touched on the topic of pride both in ministry and the church. So, as I was reading Wooden’s quote here, Paul’s statement in Philippians 2:3 was laid on my heart that; “In humility consider others better than yourselves.” In other words, that a follower of Christ is to live for the interest and well-being of others. Do you see that happening around you currently? Imagine if the church today was known for this? Think about this with me for a minute. If this were the case in your church, would there ever be any conflict? Well, there shouldn’t be, because your members would be all sacrificing for others. Would there be any unmet needs within your church? No. Would there be any grudges or politics in your church? No, everyone would be looking out for each other. You are likely saying; “Yes, Grant, that’s such a Utopian view, but will never happen!” Well, I hate to break it to you, this is not only a possibility that your church can actually function this way, but it’s both biblical, and, as followers of Christ desiring to become more like Him, it is what we strive for. If Jesus could have such humility and a sense of sacrifice and love, then we are mistaken if we somehow believe that God would not ask us to make sacrifices too. So here’s a question for you and your church community: how does your attitude measure up to Jesus? I think A.W. Tozer gets this right by stating that; “Because Jesus Christ came into the world clothed in humility, He will always be found among those who are clothed in humility”. My prayer is that this, if it isn’t a deep-seated part of your ethos already, becomes that. How? It’s simple really. All it needs is for a few of your members to abandon themselves in service to others, and then watch the resultant effect. So may you and your church determine to be those people Paul speaks of today, and, let me tell you, you will see God use their lives in astounding ways?

 

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