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Saturday/Sunday: September 7, 2019

Greatness Redefined

“The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Matthew 23:11-12)

True, sacrificial servanthood is a winsome but elusive quality. Its rarity is attributable to the fact that it runs counter to our strongest, most basic natural instinct - selfishness!

It is instructive that in commanding us to “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31), Jesus declared self-love to be the standard by which we are to love others. In doing so, He knew He was setting the bar high as we are never more diligent than when caring for our own needs. A high-profile athlete once confessed, “I love me some me!” It’s a universal reality that we all “love us some us!”  But, by the supernatural empowerment of the Holy Spirit, we can break free from the bondage of our selfish ways. By God’s grace, we can attain humility.

Humility is the essential quality at the foundation of the Christian life. It is a condition of the heart that acknowledges God as the source of everything we have and everything we are. Recognizing the wealth of its undeserved blessings, the grateful, submissive, humble heart looks beyond its own needs and seeks to serve others.

By one act of selfless submission, Jesus redefined greatness. Out of His love for a lost and desperate world, Jesus surrendered the privileges of heaven and entered into the chaos of this fallen planet. In the greatest act of sacrificial servanthood ever offered, Jesus humbled Himself and became obedient to death, in order that we might have life. “Therefore, God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name” (Philippians 2:9).

Question: Do you consciously cultivate a spirit of humility?

Challenge: Make a choice to remind yourself on a daily basis of reasons you have to be humble. Remember that everything you have and all that you are, you have received from God.

Prayer: Lord, help me to fully appreciate your grace to me. Help me overcome my selfish ways, and give me a heart focused on serving others, for your glory.

Arnie Knecht, Chapel Leaer -- Texas Air Hogs

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