WEDNESDAY November 8, 2017
For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? - 1 Corinthians 4:7
One of the things Paul noticed in the Corinthian church, and as he traveled through Galatia and the other cities, was that many people were full of pride. He knew one of the missing ingredients in so many of the leaders’ lives was––humility. Paul the Apostle began 1 Corinthians 4:7, with three important questions that needed to be answered by the believers.
We need to recognize that it is God who has anointed us for the work of the ministry. Apart from Him, we can do nothing. He opens the doors and shuts the doors. It is not about us, it is about Him––Jesus Christ. We must live in the present, teaching, leading and discipling people with the same common vision that was given to us. But we cannot take the credit.
In the book of Philippians, Paul poured out his heart to the believers. He taught in Philippians 2:5-8, that Christ is the greatest example of humility:
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
Men love to take the credit––that is pride. We cannot boast. Again, we are nothing; it is God who gives us the knowledge, the passion and the spiritual insights. If we are going to serve the Lord, we need humility in our hearts, otherwise, we cannot serve him––there is no possible way.
True humility is a kind of self-annihilation;
and this is the centre of all virtues.
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