Humility: The Secret of Redemption
Joshua Harris recommended a book by the title of Humility, and I was so excited to find it at a bargain price on the internet. It is a rare gem! Such a tiny little book and yet so powerful. Here is a sampling from the chapter by the above title:
"Is it any wonder that the Christian life is so often feeble and fruitless, when the very root of the Christ-life is neglected, is unknown? Is it any wonder that the joy of salvation is so little felt, when that in which Christ found it and brings it is so little sought? We must seek a humility which will rest in nothing less than the end and death of self; which gives up all the honor of men as Jesus did, to seek the honor that comes from God alone; which absolutely makes and counts itself nothing so that God may be all, that the Lord alone may be exalted. Until we seek humility in Christ above our chief joy, and welcome it at any price, there is very little hope of a religion that will conquer the world.
How much of the spirit of the meek and lowly Lamb of God do we see around us, in those who are called by His name? Think about how all the lack of love, the indifference to the needs, feelings, and weaknesses of others, the sharp and hasty judgments and utterances so often excused by our cries of being upright and honest, the manifestations of temper and irritation, the bitterness and estrangement, have their root in pride. Pride seeks only itself.
Devilish pride creeps in almost everywhere. What would happen if believers were to become permanently guided by the humility of Jesus? Oh, for the humility of Jesus in myself and everyone around me! We must honestly fix our hearts on our own lack of the humility revealed in Christ's life. Only then will we begin to feel what Christ and His salvation truly are.
Believer! Study the humility of Jesus. This is the secret, the hidden root of your redemption. Sink down into it more deeply day by day. Believe with your whole heart that Christ--whom God has given us--will work in us, making us what the Father wants us to be."
~ by Andrew Murray
My daughter and I attended a funeral today for a tiny baby. The little girl had been born without a brain. She lived for only a few hours. But her parents were a shining testimony of this very trait of humility. They humbly accepted the will of God without complaint. They praised
Him. They testified of His goodness to all of us there. They thanked God for her little life, as brief as it was. They will never be the same for having had her. Of course they grieved and were in great pain. But they knew the hand of a sovereign God had dealt this to them, and they
did not question Him. That is humility.