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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Get Low

Read 1Peter 5:5-11
You know you're having a bad day when... Your horn sticks on the freeway, while you're behind 32 Hell's Angels motorcyclists. Your twin sister forgets your birthday. You call your wife and tell her that you'd like to eat tonight, and when you get home you find a sandwich on the front porch.

Can you relate to these humbling scenarios? When little embarrassments happen, we may think God wants to humble me. Joking aside, that's not what the Bible teaches. God certainly can humble us. Daniel 4:37 says, "Those who walk in pride he is able to humble." Surprisingly, God doesn't want to humble us; He wants us to humble ourselves.

1Peter 5:6 says, "Humble yourselves...under the mighty hand of God." God wants us to choose actions that will produce humility in us. Humility isn't something you feel, it's something you do. When we promote or overly protect ourselves, we're acting out of pride. When pride is our chosen attitude, God opposes us.

So how can you and I choose to "clothe ourselves with humility toward one another" as 1 Peter 5:5 directs? Here's one way: We can follow Jesus' example in the Philippians. "Do nothing from rivalry or [pride], but in humility count others more significant that yourselves... Have this in mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus". Jesus chose to think of others as more important than Himself. Just think about how huge that is! Jesus, the Son of God, the Creator of of the universe said, "You before me. Your needs before my needs." That's the example of our Savior.

Today will present multiple opportunities for you to follow His example. Don't miss or resist them. Instead, smile and think. This is my chance to be like Jesus! God is watching and waiting to reward you.

By James MacDonald, Our Daily Journey
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