First Things @ First

Even though misty and grey this morning, this is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it! Psalm 118:24

I trust your heart will be encouraged as you and I walk alongside the One who has walked the path ahead of us. Thank God He has not left us alone on the journey!

In reading a few weeks ago I was reminded of one of the great keys to experiencing the fullness of our faith. The key was/is humility. Warren Wiersbe has commented concerning humility that this character quality can be an elusive thing. Wiersbe has said, "just when you realize you have 'it', (humility) you've lost it."

It's an awful thing to see the sin of pride immediately seize the control that humility releases to God and/or to others. Do you recall what Paul said under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in 1 Corinthians 13:4?

In case you don't, the Apostle instructs all those who follow Christ in faith that 'love does not boast, it is not proud.' He would go on to add in Philippians 2:3 this to reinforce the point--'Regard one another as more important than yourselves.' That always means that something must give; more importantly someone has to first yield themselves more fully to the Lordship of Christ and then what is necessary in yielding our will to others will be supplied.

Max Lucado describes humility as well as anyone I've heard when he pens these words; first from scripture and then from his book on 'Jesus'. "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus; who being in the very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped (held onto), but made himself nothing, taking on the form of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled Himself and became obedient to death--even death on a cross." Philippians 2:5-8

Max comments--"Would you be willing to do what Jesus did? He swapped a spotless castle for a grimy stable. He exchanged the worship of angels for the company of killers. He could hold the universe in His palm but gave it up to float in the womb of a maiden. If you were God, would you sleep on straw, nurse from a breast, and be clothed in a diaper? I wouldn't. BUT CHRIST DID.

If you knew that only a few would care that you came, would you still come? If you knew that those you loved would laugh in your face, would you still care? If you knew the tongues you made would mock you, the mouths you made would spit at you, the hands you made would crucify you, would you still make them? CHRIST DID. Would you regard the immobile and the invalid more important than yourself? JESUS DID. He humbled Himself. Why? Because that's what love does. It puts the beloved before itself." Max Lucado-- 'Jesus'

Sort of helps keep life as God defines it, designs it and desires it for those who would dare follow Him in the proper perspective!

God's best this week,

Pstr K

Hebrews 10:35-36