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Having A Servant's Heart - Part 4
7/25/2013

Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. Proverbs 16:19 (NKJV)

We have been looking at a series of devotionals titled, “Having A Servant's Heart.”  In this series we have been looking at what it means to have a proper servant's heart as defined by God.  We cannot properly serve others in the way our Lord demonstrated without first having this type of heart.  And so we are looking at eight qualities we are to put on, as outlined in Colossians 3:12-14—qualities we must possess before we can properly serve others in His name.

Let’s take a look at the third quality we must, “put on.”

3.   We’re to put on Humility

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on…humility Colossians 3:12 (NKJV)

Q:         So what is “humility?”

It is the quality of being modest or respectful.

Archbishop William Temple put it this way, “Humility does not mean thinking less of yourself than of other people, nor does it mean having a low opinion of your own gifts.  It means freedom from thinking about yourself at all.”1 While Abraham Lincoln spoke of humility in this way, “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.”2 Both of these are very true, and share great wisdom when we look to what it means to possess humility.

When we go to God’s word to see what He says about this virtue, we can find a multitude of scripture encouraging us, and even exhorting us as believers to seek to be humble.  Humbleness can be perceived as lacking confidence, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  Truth be known, as we look to be humble servants of Christ Jesus, we can be confident the Lord will lift us up in His perfect timing.

Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. James 4:10 (NKJV)

Unfortunately our culture has taught us to love ourselves, and it is this “self-love” ultimately that is poisoning our relationships.  Our unwillingness to serve and consider others more important is the byproduct of this self-love.  Humility is the cure for this disease of self-love, and it is one of the most cherished Christian virtues. 

The fourth quality we must put on daily so we have a proper servant's heart is:

4.   We’re to put on meekness (gentleness)

Meekness, or “gentleness” can be defined as being “kind, mild, chivalrous, and to use little force, and it is closely related to the last virtue or quality that we looked at which was, “humility.”  And just as humility can be misconstrued as lacking confidence, gentleness is often misread as weakness.  Again, this couldn’t be further from the truth—gentleness is an inward virtue that commits oneself to an outward manifestation and willingness to suffer injury instead of inflicting it. 

As we become “gentle Christians,” we will be willing to suffer the burdens imposed upon us from other people’s sin.  And again, we need to know, it is only by the Holy Spirit that we can possess this type of “gentleness,” as it comes from Him (cf. Gal 5:22).

I want to encourage you today, to think about these two qualities we discussed, and to examine your life and see how you are doing in these areas.  If you find you are failing, then confess it before the Lord, and ask Him for help.  If you are finding you are successful in these virtues, then praise God, and give Him all the glory—this is proof He is transforming you into His likeness.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn with regard to being humble, and gentle according to the scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find you are both humble and gentle in your actions, and behavior?

APPLICATION: Let’s ask the Lord to help us see things in the way He sees things—it is only when we view things in His sight that we can truly keep focused on the big picture.

Father, thank You for Your humbleness and gentleness with us in our lives.  Lord it is our desire to imitate You today and to possess a humble nature and a gentle spirit.  Help us to continue to see things in the way You do, and continue to guide us to be more like You.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

1 http://www.values.com/inspirational-quotes/value/27-Humility

2 http://schipul.com/quotes/328/

 

 

 

 

 


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