Exalted by being Humble

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For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted .(Luke 18:14)

There is a strutting tendency in many of us. You might not be perfect, but you’re not at all bad. Yes, you might do wrong at times but there is a good reason why. There are excuses you could bring forward in your defence as to why you acted in a certain way. Basically, and deep down, you are pretty good.

This is a deep human trait which we can even see in the opening chapters of the Bible. When God confronted Adam, he was quick to shift the blame back onto God:

[God] said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:11–12)

You gave me the woman. She gave me the fruit. I really can’t be to blame. In fact, really it’s your fault. You can’t really accuse Adam of being humble!

Yet humility is really the key to the Christian life. When we come before God in prayer, should we not shrink to nothing in the presence of his eternal majesty? This is not to hate yourself, or think you are useless, it is just in the face of Almighty God you pale somewhat! To be clothed in humility before God is to allow yourself to be exalted by him. To exalt yourself is simply a path to disappointment.

Martin of Tours

Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. (Luke 6:30) - Martin of Tours is an important figure in the history of the church, rising to become Bishop of Tours where he founded a monastery and set up a basic parish system for the area. His most famous act does not come from this time, though, but rather from when he was a teenaged soldier.

Love the Lord Your God

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (Deuteronomy 6:5) - In Christianity there are no more sacrifices to offer, as Jesus has made the only sacrifice necessary on the cross. All that is left to do is love God, and allow that love of God to flow through into love of neighbour.

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