Yesterday I preached on the topic of humility. I don't know if I remember ever hearing a sermon on humility while growing up. I think that is due to the fact I was so good living out the antonym of humility.
Regardless, this past week the LORD kept bringing me to a place of dependence on Him. I kept wanting to plan and study for a different sermon, but there was no grace on me to actually prepare. It was like one of those dreams in which you are running in slow motion all the while knowing you can and should be able to run faster. I was very frustrated!
God was teaching me humility and dependence on Him even in sermon prep. It was a gentle reminder that He is not interested in what I can do for Him, but rather what He delights to do in empty vessels.
As the Father redirected my efforts, I was reminded of Andrew Murray and his book titled Humility. A short book, I read a few pages and caught a glimpse of what humility looks like and got a working definition for what humility is. Humility is a place of entire dependence and reliance on the character and nature of God for all that we need. And humility looks like Jesus (Luke 22:24-27; Philippians 2:1-11).
So I am writing this blog to tell you that in order for us to rise, we must humble ourselves. It is rather counter-intuitive. Ever the "vision or die" pastor, I want to charge the hill, take the land and just do stuff till Jesus comes back. In order for our family to rise in faith, identity and action, we must humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you (1 Peter 5:6).
What a promise! What an invitation! His heart is to exalt us? And all we have to be is dependent on Him! Let's take Him up on this in 2016.