Marriage and Family: The Most Unpreached SermonNovember 07, 2013
As I (Jena) sought the Lord about what He wanted me to blog this week, I truly believe HE gave me a word about the most unpreached sermon that we need to hear.
Our family does our best to eat right and exercise. And almost every exercise program focuses on your "core". Your core is the mid-section of your body, your abs and back. You often hear it said that if the core gets strong, the rest of you will be strong and healthy. So what might be the core of the Christian faiith? Truth? Grace? Works? I would like to suggest to you that humility is to be the core of our lives, if we ever want to stop being Christian-like and truly become Christlike. Humility is what is needed at knee deep, so we can go into even deeper waters with Christ. At the core of the heart of Jesus was and is humility. And yet, we don't hear any sermons on humility. It's not something that we can preach and people embrace. It doesn't make us feel good. And yet if humility is core to Jesus and it is to be core to us, without it, is it any wonder that the Christian life feels weak and fruitless because the very core of our faith has been neglected or unexercised?
Andrew Murray, a pastor and missionary in South Africa, born in 1828, said it like this, "The call to humility has been too little regarded in the church because it's true nature and importance have been too little apprehended. How little it is preached. How seldom it is practiced. How faintly the lack of it is felt or confessed. Without humility there can be no true abiding in God's presence or experience of His favor and power of His Spirit. I cannot say how few attain to some recognizable measure of likeness to Jesus in His humility. But even fewer ever think of making it a distinct object of continual desire or prayer. I am amazed at how little humility is seen as the distinguishing feature of discipleship. It is the highest fulfillment of our destiny...the chief marks by which they who follow the Lamb of God are to be known."
The humility of Christ has been evident in every aspect of His life: from leaving the glory of heaven to become a man, to taking on the form of a servant, to being obedient to death for you and me, His life exemplified humility. And Jesus often and passionately talked about humility and expects His disciples to be as humble as He was.
Humility: the beautifulness of being nothing so that God may be everything in you. An absolute dependence on the One who not only created you, but by that same power maintains you. It is the sense of entire nothingness that comes when we comprehend that we are nothing without His creating us and as a result, yielding ourselves completely to Him. Humility is an empty vessel placed in the hands of God to fill and use as He desires. It is a surrender of yourself to God to allow Him to do in us and with us whatever he wants. Jesus was a servant of God which made Him a servant to the people God created and loved. For us to embrace humility, we must do the same. We must take no position before God and man than that of a servant.
I know as sure as I know my name that God has called me to start a discipleship revolution in our world. But we will never see a discipleship revolution happen until the very essence of who Jesus is consumes us...until a radical death to self and total servanthood to God and others becomes the distinguishing characteristic of disciples of Jesus.
Here is how Andrew Murray says it: "Until a humility that rests in nothing less than the end and death of self, and which gives up all the honor of men as Jesus did to seek the honor that comes from God alone - until such a humility is what we seek in Christ above our chief joy, and welcome at any price, there is very little hope of a faith that will conquer the world."
"And all of you clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God..." 1 Peter 5:5-6
Humility is core to being a disciple of Christ. It is becoming a servant of all, first to God and then, to others. And if your core of humility gets strong, the rest of you will be strong and healthy, making a permanent, distinguishable mark on humanity for the cause of Christ.
What are your thoughts? Why do some sermons appeal to our pride and selfishness instead of our denying of self? Why might we have lost this core truth for our lives? How might we regain it?
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Valerie On Saturday, November 11 at 6:40 AM
Thank you for this precious word! I know it was just what The Lord wanted me to hear today. I am on the road of healing and restoration thank you Jesus for directing and lighting my way. Blessings to you Jena.
Ivan Feris On Monday, November 11 at 11:57 AM
Thank you so much for that strong words and I will definitely do that with my beautiful wife Ilse Feris I love her alot I have nothing without my wife I respect her so much and will do everything she ask or tell me what to do