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Saturday, February 27th, 2010

Day 16

“Gives grace to the humble”
1 Peter 5:5

It doesn’t take much Bible-reading before we encounter scriptural directions that seem paradoxical. One is humility; it is contrary to our nature, culture and age to be humble. After all, we have rights. We are to told be aggressive and ‘make our way’ in life. We are to set goals and achieve them.

Jesus said the rich fool was not rich toward God. We probably do not think we fit that story, but this man did not know himself either. He was selfish, thought himself in control of his life, slaved to gain possessions, and did not look to the needs of others. What about us? The man who really knows himself and his own heart will never be a proud man. He will count himself unworthy of the least of all God’s mercies. In other words, the proud man, like the rich man, is an ignorant man and the humble person is in the know because he strives to know God.

Here is the freedom Christ purchased for us: in lowliness of mind, he will esteem everyone else to be better than himself (Philippians 2:3). Walking in that freedom is to walk in humility by serving others – and in that we find God. Jesus, on the last night before His death, washed the feet of His disciples as a servant. He forever set the way we are to live by this example.

“You, my brothers, were called to be free.
But do not use your freedom to indulge
your sinful nature, rather serve
one another in love”
Galatians 5:13