Be Lowly

7 Aug

“and [Jesus] said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3‭-‬4 ASV).

Humility is a necessary part of being a Christian. We cannot repent of sin unless we know we are lowly (humble) sinners. We cannot pray unless we know we serve a God greater than ourselves. We cannot read and submit to God’s life-giving Word unless we humbly know our need for God’s truth. We cannot understand grace unless we know we don’t deserve it. As a child is lowly, depending on parents for daily food, love, protection, shelter, comfort, correction, teaching, and mercy, so too the Christian must depend on the heavenly Father for daily care, nourishment, mercy, and love.

Are you trying to live for yourself and/or by yourself? Are you trying to cling to the idea that you are autonomous and self-sufficient? This describes those who are perishing apart from Christ. It is the humble, lowly child that is the picture of those who enter God’s Kingdom.

Ask yourself: where do I need to be humbled? Where am I depending on myself?


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