Words from the Heart for Thursday August 18th, 2016
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)
No one feels the effects of a mighty waterfall and feels stronger. No one stands at the edge of a great canyon and thinks “I’m great!” Similarly, when we stand before a mighty God, His power should humble us. But unlike other sources of power, being humble before a mighty God will result in Him exalting those who acknowledge Him as the Almighty. Consider God’s power today. Ask Him to give you humility, and trust Him to bring you to glory!
Do you ever wonder what others think about us as Canadians? In March 2015, the BBC from the UK reported that maybe it was time for the rest of the world to import some of the niceness that Canadian have in abundance. Among other things, the article says “Canada is to niceness what Saudi Arabia is to oil.” According to Jeffery Dvork, a journalism professor at the University of Toronto quoted in the article, “murder rates in Canada are low because “it’s quite rude to murder someone.” The article also speaks of our humility. In speaking of Kevin Vickers, Parliament’s Sergeant at Arms who shot a would be assailant a couple of years ago, “while Vickers was glorified in the Canadian media, it was his humility, not his marksmanship or bravado, that was celebrated.”
The article I quoted in the first part of Words from the Heart also says “Canadians take great pride in their humility, an oxymoron that bothers no one.” The Bible speaks often about the need for followers of Jesus to humble ourselves. I Peter 5:6: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” This is one of many principles of the Kingdom of God that is diametrically in opposition to the principles of the world. According to the world, a person should do anything they can to get ahead. Get your name out there. Make sure your boss knows what you’ve done so you get the credit. Work yourself into an early grave. But what Peter is saying is just the opposite. We recognize that we are nothing without the grace of God expressed through Jesus Christ. We can’t get into the Kingdom of God without repentance – recognizing our sinfulness and desiring to make a 180 degree change in the direction of our lives. There is nothing more humbling than that. But if we are going to really be representatives of Christ, we must remember that Jesus, being God Himself, humbled Himself and took on the form of man. The Father then exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him that name above all names. When we humble ourselves before God, He gives us a place of honour in His kingdom and we bear His name.
These have been words from the heart.