"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's might hand, that he may lift you
up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for
Humble.... where to start... Quite possibly one of the most impactful words in the entire Bible. When I looked at this word 6 months ago I thought being humble was not flaunting a win on the basketball court, or swallowing my pride in an argument for the sake of getting the argument over. Christ shows us, however, that the word humble digs so much deeper than that. The Greek word for humble is tapeinoō and has multiple definitions. The most applicable to the Bible and the point being made here I think comes from part C of the Blue Letter Bible's website < strongs="G5013&t="KJV">. It defines humble as:
- To lower: of one's soul to bring down one's pride; to have a modest opinion of oneself; to behave in an unassuming manner; devoid of all haughtiness.
You see, being humble is not about the surface ideas that this world portrays being humble as; true humbleness was best portrayed by Christ. Guys check this out, the CREATOR of all things came to this world in the flesh as Jesus Christ and, get this, came not to be served but to do the serving. Matthew 20:28 says, "just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." Think of it like this; the President of United States walks into your house and you begin to get him something to drink, make something to eat for him and serve him; he comes into the kitchen and tells you to stop and go sit down and relax because he is here to serve you. He continues to not only serve you dinner, but clean your house, cut your lawn and serve you. This is the King of Kings that came to this world to serve us. It's funny how in today's world I see so many "Christians" trying to humble others instead of humbling themselves. We see so many people judging others, telling them how they need to do this and do that, breaking people down and making them feel 2 feet tall. Guys, instead of worrying about other's humility, serve by humbling yourselves first. We must count ourselves as nothing and realize that life is not about our bank account, our success, our social status; life is about being humble enough to set aside our busy schedules sometimes and just go serve the homeless, share your faith with people, cut some old people's lawn.... This world has become so selfish and centered around building up our own lives. What happened to the sense of community and loving your neighbor? Who cares if you know the name of someone or not, just love people, serve people; making others more important than yourself.
I don't want to be lengthy on this part because it's pretty simple; "cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." This scripture doesn't say cast some of your problems and worries on the Lord or cast one big problem on him. It says ALL.... give it all to him guys, everything. If you think he can't handle it, you're sorely mistaken. If you think he won't take care of it, you're sorely mistaken. If you think he's not going to show up, you're sorely mistaken. He can handle it, he will take care of it, and he will show up. God is faithful to us and loves us beyond measure, so although he might not take the pain of the struggle away, he'll be there through it all to give you the strength to persevere through all things. Worrying about things in this world is nothing more than being sinful, therefore, God says don't worry; give it all to me, let me handle it, and just glorify me in everything you do.
P.S.-- If you guys want to hear some more clear and concise talk on being humble and having humility, download any one of Mark Driscoll's podcasts about humility. He's an expert on it and is an amazing speaker.
Monday, September 14, 2009
1 Peter 5:6-7
1 Peter 5:6-7