First in a series – Humility
My journey has led me to examine my own sense of humility. How have I moved toward servanthood and away from self-serving interests? How have I looked to devolve from the arrogance admired and emulated by the world?
Philippians 2:3-4 [AMP]
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3 Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility (lowliness of mind) let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves].
4 Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.
The kingdom path leads forward to humility from the natural pride that that we are all born with.
We must learn to avoid the backward path to selfish arrogance that [so easily besets us].
You see, our King was not born into his royal position. He was born [on earth] into a lowly family and reared in the ‘hood of Nazareth. It was not plush or luxurious. It was later asked if anything good could come from Nazareth. Kingship was conferred upon him as a result of his extreme sacrifice. He was after all God [the fullness of the Godhead in one body] but verse 7 goes on to illustrate: 7 But stripped Himself [of all privileges and [e]rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being.8 And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!9 Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has[f]freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,
As I found myself staggering at this place of my journey, I have stopped to ask: “What do I need to do to be more humble?” Someone suggested long ago that you don’t ask the Lord to humble you; be careful what you ask for . . .
The kingdom of this world hates you and will treat you badly and our understanding of this in the United States is limited and full of denial. Here is one article about how the persecution is growing:
Here is the list of the 50 countries worldwide that are persecuting Christians:
I was surprised to see our neighbor Mexico come in at number 38, meanwhile a couple from our prayer group has gone there and solicited our prayers for themselves and family.
I reiterate from before:
* the world wants to see the kind of love that you manifest
* the world wants to see the judgment you manifest also
* the world is in awe and completely overwhelmed by the favor that you have
* it is an incredible blessing to suffer for the gospel
For all of creation is waiting, yearning for the time when the children of God will be revealed. 20 You see, all of creation has collapsed into emptiness, not by its own choosing, but by God’s. Still He placed within it a deep and abiding hope 21 that creation would one day be liberated from its slavery to corruption and experience the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 For we know that all creation groans in unison with birthing pains up until now. Romans 8:19-21 [Voice]
I watched Luc Beeson’s Lucy the second time and though I didn’t think the film remarkable the first time, It certainly reminded me of the verses above and the interest in becoming more than we are. It is indeed fascinating to watch this theme reoccur time after time. The distinguishing characteristic being that this film much like Neil Burger’s Limitless reinserted the human capacity being limited by their functional access to their larger brain capacity.
As told in the film’s narrative, most of us use approximately 10% of our brain’s capacity. The film’s hypothesis ventures that additional brain capacity supplemented by a synthetic compound found in new mothers and transferred to their newborn. The Limitless film proffers a newly devised recreational drug that does the same thing. The capacity increase allows the people to interact with matter differently, to absorb information at an incredible rate and to influence others in a myriad of ways.
Christ came to earth and in his time he exhibited special abilities documented in the Gospels. These abilities helped illustrate the fact that he was Messiah but the Jews were expressly waiting for a warrior King, not a servant. These special abilities allowed him to serve the people and to create the nucleus of the Kingdom movement (or the church). They are also documented in I Corinthians 12:8-12
” 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit,9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same[b]Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” [NKJV]
How amazing is it that these fiction writers end up giving their characters abilities that compare quite favorably to the spiritual gifts described above in attempts to assist or even save the entire human race!
Some naysayer will say that there have been many myths and stories of the one life-giver and hero. To that, we say our Savior has been the most famous and influencial person of all time. And that each person he has given life to has their own story of how great he is. Now run and tell that . . .