Picture 9: Humbling (4:10a). “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord”
The call to humble oneself is not a call to belittle self, but a call to see God as preeminent in one’s life and others in service. Magnify God first, then seek to serve others. Finally, self does not have a place first in primary. This is humility.
Humble people are humble because they have given themselves to God. They have placed themselves in absolute service of Christ first. Finding a dependence on Christ – and thus real power – is humbling myself to Him.
PICTURE 10: Rising (4:10b). “He will lift you up.”
Finding our Dependence Day means that Jesus Christ will ultimately then lift us up. Depending on our Savior involves submitting, resisting, drawing, cleansing, purifying, lamenting, mourning, weeping, and humbling. When those have happened, it may seem that we have given away everything. Yet, the reality is that we will have gained everything as our Savior “will lift” us up.
If the church will rise up, then it must first and definitely yield and be TOTALLY dependent on God.
The founder of Summit Expeditions and author, Tim Hansel, once shared a story about the great Samuel Morse, who invented the telegraph and the subsequent Morse Code.
“Samuel Morse was once asked if he ever encountered situations where he didn’t know what to do. Morse responded, ‘More than once, and whenever I could not see my way clearly, I knelt down and prayed to God for light and understanding.’
Morse received many honors from his invention of the telegraph but felt undeserving: ‘I have made a valuable application of electricity not because I was superior to other men but solely because God, who meant it for mankind, must reveal it to someone and He was pleased to reveal it to me.’
Dependence on God is the only avenue to greatness in His kingdom. Have you become completely dependent on Him?