Let’s talk about humility. Humility, ¨the state of being humble¨

True humility is not thinking less of yourself, it is thinking of yourself less. C. S Lewis

It is not talked much about. It is outdated. Out-rated. Out of fashion. For some humility means that you’re not confident, brave or you don’t have the guts to speak up your mind.

I believe that humility is the boldest form of self-control that can put on high a noble character. 

More than that, is the power of God working in you. Because the only one that displayed perfect humility was Jesus.

 

Everything about Jesus’s life showed humility.

Stepping on the same ground as His creation.

Everything about His birth.

Obedience to the point of death.

Everything about His Resurrection.

 

Lately, I noticed moments of great pride in my life. But I chose to ask God to examine me and not let pride define me, but humility.

How important it is to know that everything you posses has been received as a gift from God –  your life itself. There is nothing about yourself that deserves boasting.

Meditate on this truth and ask God to show you how humility crowns your character with the ultimate purpose of glorifying God.

And be humble.

 

God resist the proud, but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6

Resting in His affirmation.

And a voice came from heaven, <<You are my beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.>> Mark 1:11

 

I found this affirmation to be the most alluring way in which God Himself talks about His only Son. I’ve always seen this verse as an amazing verse in which God, the Almighty Father, declares who Jesus is. He is not a regular man, but the Son of God Himself.

 

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Shot this picture one week ago and made me think of this verse from Mark.

 

I don’t know why, but all this time when I was reading this particular verse I was thinking how perfect Jesus was – how pure and sinless that the Father could say that He is pleased, ¨well pleased¨. In that moment Jesus is commissioned for a task that only He could ever complete.

Just reading it again this morning I realized how important it is what the God of Universe is saying about His Son. The Holy Spirit made it so clear to me that in this affirmation rest our whole life as Christians. Why?

Because my Salvation depends on this affirmation!

If God was not well pleased with His Son, knowing that He is perfect, God and Man, perfect in His obedience at the cost of dying on the cross, then you and I would never taste  God’s amazing grace. We would never receive salvation.

Salvation came through Jesus being perfect and dying on the cross; it was possible because God was pleased with His Son, knowing that He will fulfill His mission on Earth. Salvation came because God’s just wrath was satisfied. Because He was pleased in the Person of Jesus Christ which choose to die for us. How amazing is this!

How amazing it is to read this verse and understand that it is not because of you. God could never be completely pleased with you because you are a sinner. You and I without Christ can never please God.

But you, accepting the sacrifice made at the cross by Jesus, can take this affirmation as God would say: I am well pleased with you! Not because of you, but because you have believed in the One in whom the Father delights.

 

Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights. Isaiah 42:1

 

Can you pass this test? There is just one question to answer.

Ok, ok. Before I reveal this one question to you, let me explain a bit the context.

As I was reading in the book of Zechariah I was so eager to learn, to grow, and to obey what I learn. I asked for that in my prayer, and faithfully, God answered. He pointed me  to a question to which I am responsible to give my personal answer: “From whom do you seek the rain?” And this is the question that I want you to answer for yourself.

 

From whom do you seek the rain?

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What’s up with this question? What do you mean?

 

Lets look at one example. It is so much easier for us to understand when we have some  examples to look at, in this case – the nation of Israel.

It is crucial for us to understand one aspect of their life. Their main source of food was coming from agriculture. It was very simple: the agriculture economy was dependent on rain for its success. More exact, they were counting on the spring rain for their vines and for their grain to grow. They were longing to see healthy vines, healthy crops, but in a climate and an environment like the one they had, their faith was tested.

Now, they were already having the answer for the question. And not just that. They were having a promise made by God Himself.

“Ask rain from the Lord in the season of spring rain, from the Lord who makes the storm clouds, and He will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.” Zechariah 10:1

Their responsibility was just to believe. To trust.

Giving the circumstances, easy to say but hard to do, right? Plus, we need to take into consideration the pagan gods that were around them. For example, Baal was known for making/forming the storm clouds that controlled the rainfall. You see, Israel’s faithfulness to God was tested. They needed to answer one question. From whom would they seek the rain?

When it comes to important matters, we need to trust in something. To whom or to what are we offering our trust to? How often do we trust the wrong person? Many times we even put our trust in objects, or in our ability to do certain things.

Every day we are challenged to trust someone, or to put or trust in something even for the outcome of our daily routines. To whom shall we appeal? To whom shall we look? The answer of this questions is so important for our growth. Who are you trusting?

Whenever you have to be on time somewhere you trust that your car and your ability of driving is going to take you there. If you’re flying to another continent – lets say, knowing that a good pilot is in control of the plane gives you a huge relief. If you think more about it, you will realize that you actually need to take this types of decisions daily.

But when it comes to your life? Specially, the end part of your life. The “what comes next?”, the “game over”. Did you entrust your life to someone? And we are talking here about those aspects that you cannot control by yourself (like life insurance, healthy diets, physical activity, drink more water sticky notes that you put everywhere in your house etc.).

What are you doing with your life and what comes after? From whom you will seek the rain? Who are you going to trust in?

The Word of God is clear about trusting Christ as the only hope for your salvation. Not just that, but the word of God is warning us against the other gods. Our Baal may be our own strength, knowledge, influence, other people, relations etc.).

“For the household gods utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; they tell false dreams and give empty consolations. therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.” Zechariah 10:2

You are responsible for whom you trust to take care of your past, present, and future. In the end everything is about choosing God or choosing anything else. Choose well.