Words from the Heart for Thursday August 19th, 2021
So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.
1 Peter 5:6 (NLT)
Dave Balding has been a firefighter for the past 36 years, and is currently the Fire Chief in Golden BC. In an online article about leadership he tells of recently choosing to ride in the rear seat of a rescue vehicle. Some of his firefighters asked him why he did so. He replied “It sends a message to my firefighters that I, too, am willing to do more than command or supervise. I believe humility is an essential quality for leaders to possess.”
Napoleon Bonaparte wanted to rule all of Europe. He died alone on St. Helena, one of the most remote places on earth. Adolph Hitler wanted to establish a 1000 year Reich. He took his own life in a bunker deep below the bombed out remains of Berlin. The kingdoms of the world are driven by ego and a desire to get ahead, to gain power and wealth. The Bible warns correctly in Proverbs 16:18 that “pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” As usual, the principle of the Kingdom of God is just the opposite. In his first epistle, the apostle says this in 1 Peter 5:6: “So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.” In the kingdom of God, it isn’t power and authority that is honoured – it is humility and surrender. We are called to bow our knee before King Jesus, who alone deserves all the honour and glory. When we do, Jesus lifts us up and honours us. In the Kingdom of God, servants are leaders, the humble are honoured and the least are the most important.
These have been words from the heart.