forget me nots too

July 23, 2016

growth marks

What is false modesty? it’s not true humility. It’s pride disguised as humility. You see, low self-esteem is still self-centeredness. It’s still pride. Whether I have high self-esteem or low self-esteem, I’m still consumed with myself. And when my focus is on me, then it’s not on God.

Humility is not self-abasement. It’s not allowing others to abuse you or misuse you. It’s not thinking of yourself as inferior or subservient.

Humility is simply self-forgetfulness. Or as Tim Keller says, “humility is not thinking more of myself or less of myself, it is thinking of myself less.”

Humble people are people who are concerned with God and others. They are able to forget about themselves, focus on God and extend love to others because they understand the power of the Gospel.

God doesn’t delight in us beating ourselves up for our sins or dwelling on our failures. Instead, we are to confess our sins, repent of our inward focus, and turn our attention upward again toward God.

And why do we practice humility and choose to live a God-centered life instead of a self-centered life? Because in dying on the cross, Christ expressed the ultimate act of humility and self-sacrificial love. The perfectly loving and perfectly holy God bore our sins and shame so that we might intimately know God and enjoy him forever. We practice humility because it is an expression of our gratitude to and recognition of our good and holy God.

I pray that we would together, as the body of believers, continue to grow in gospel-humility, delight in the truth of the Good News, and worship and adore the Lord.

 

I hate to finish this devotion with the Goldilocks and the Three Bears; but it is fitting. How do we picture ourselves, as believers, saved, redeemed, not to high an opinion of ourselves and not to low, but just right. It will only take a life to figure it out.

 

Blessings in your growth, to fast and you’ll burn up, to slow and you’ll never grow up. Trust that God is developing you at just the right pace. Only our failure to accept his plans in our life slows us down.

 

 

Questions, comments and prayer requests to; scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

 

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