“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 5:3 KJV
My awesome pastor, Pastor Jim Frease, says, “If you are always the smartest person in the room, find another room.”
Listen, before I came to Jesus, before He changed me, delivered me, gave me a new heart (one that possessed new desires and a love for God and people), I was so full of pride and arrogance! In essence, I was the “smartest” person in the room because my room consisted of well, me.
It was a horrible room I know until that is Jesus stepped into it and I saw myself as I truly was, a miserable sinner devoid of life and in need of a Savior!
The Good News is this: I am no longer that wretched sinner, I have been redeemed! I no longer identify with that old man, I am a new creation! He didn’t simply clean up my old heart, He gave me a new one!
I want to encourage you today! The most humble thing you or I can do today and every day is to purposefully place ourselves under the Word of God! This is true Biblical humility and this is the place where God can mold us and make us into the person He wants us to be, the person that is the most successful and prosperous!
I love the way this truth is illustrated in 1 Peter 5:5-7,
“Likewise, you younger men [of lesser rank and experience], be subject to your elders [seek their counsel]; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another [tie on the servant’s apron], for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD [the disdainful, the presumptuous, and He defeats them], BUT HE GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God [set aside self-righteous pride], so that He may exalt you [to a place of honor in His service] at the appropriate time, casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].”
Keep in mind, this is written by the same Peter who rebuked Jesus saying that He shouldn’t suffer the cross. It’s the same Peter who denied Jesus three times! Yet, it’s the same Peter who learned to fully surrender Himself to the Word of God and was radically transformed because of it!
We are blessed to be a blessing and perhaps the first step in this process is the act of humbling ourselves under His mighty hand!
This is what we did when we first came to Christ, we repented (changed our mind, turned from our way of thinking and doing to adopt His), submitted our lives to Him and He forgave us, healed us, and adopted us into His family!
Listen, the more we make it a priority to submit ourselves under the Word, the more we will see that God is for us, not against us! The more we will see that He isn’t trying to take things from us, but rather get things to us! The more we will see that we are blessed to bless others!
This starts with being poor in spirit, realizing our need for Jesus! Without Him, we can do nothing! He is the Vine, we are the branches. He is the Shepherd, we are the sheep. He is the Potter, we are the clay! He is the author and finisher of our faith! He is the Bishop of our souls!
When we learn to submit ourselves to Him every day, by purposefully placing ourselves under His Word, by purposefully allowing His refining fire to burn away the dross (rubbish), the impurities, all the things that keep us back from being more like Jesus, the more like Jesus we will become, and the better able we will be able to share the gospel with others!
Are you struggling with something in your life today? Is there something that keeps weighing you down? Get the Word of God on it, place yourself under it, quote it, think on it, let it consume you instead of that thing, and watch as the Word slowly melts it away!
Be free in Jesus’ name! You are blessed to bless. :)