Humility, the Elusive Pursuit
A couple of weeks ago we considered the importance of serving one another through love in the body. Well next to love, humility is a foremost ingredient for sanctification and for a healthy church. Because this is such an important topic I wanted to share a manuscript on humility by Thomas Charles. It's about 200 years old and the language might take you a bit to work through, but I assure you that the juice is worth the squeeze.
The substance of his writing is more helpful than many modern treatments I have read on the topic. Each paragraph is packed full of deep reflections that you will find immediate and specific application for in your own life. It's worth printing out and working through slowly as you contemplate the material, asking God to show you your own heart. If you want to read more about the man behind the article, here is a link to some biographical info on Banner's website.
Truth to Consider: God's Enduring Faithfulness
God's faithfulness to us as his people is not dependent upon our performance, but upon his promise. How wonderful is that? When I consider this truth about my relationship with God I am deeply moved.
Remember when the nation of Israel rejected God by asking for a king? The prophet Samuel gave them consequences and warnings from the Lord. They were guilty of defying God and he wasn't pleased with them. It's a rough few chapters.
But before he died, Samuel left this promise with the people:
1 Samuel 12:22 - For the Lord will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the Lord has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.
Israel rejected God, but he would not ultimately forsake them because they belonged to him. God sanctifies and preserves his people and he won't abandon us or forsake his promises to us... even when we sin. Let this truth comfort you this week and empower your obedience. If you belong to Jesus then he will never leave you, nor forsake you, and nothing can separate you from his love!