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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Humility in Surrender

Always realize that your life and and any ministry belongs to Jesus Christ. Each little act or encouraging word is ministry. A Christian begins his life in Christ called out of love for his Savior. His hearts initially burns with the wonder of what God has started only to later learn that his inability to surrender control chokes out His relationship with the Lord. The inability to surrender to God's will and purpose stems from self and pride. Never forget that you have no life in Christ without surrender. Never forget any ministry you share does not belong to you. Never forget your life belongs to Him. It is not yours. Your allegiance was paid for with the greatest price. Never forget that the least is greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And never forget He is your best example. He lived the greatest humility.

“Think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly humbling process. He didn’t claim special privileges. Instead, he lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion (Philippians 2:5-8,MSG). Jesus came to serve. He regarded himself as being no greater than anyone else, and He gave His life for you and me. He had a servant's heart. We are called to have a servant’s heart, and to serve with His humility of heart.

If a person feels the need to declare his humility, then humility is not really a part of his life. True humility is a powerful tool. It is revealed in attitude and action from a yielded heart. Humility reveals that surrender has taken place. There is no “me”. There is only His love. “If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ,” Paul wrote, “if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand” (Philippians 2:1-4, MSG).

Each day is ministry. Each opportunity is ministry. Never forget that we belong to Him, and it is only by His mercy and grace that we have found new life. Never forget to always become less so that He can be more. Never forget His power in life is His gift, and it is only at its greatest when all of self is completely surrendered to Him.

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