This post is the third in a series I began last fall. I encourage you to read the first two as well:
I find enormous peace when faced with my own insignificance.
Gazing upon vast mountain ranges whose peaks seem to have thrust upward from the farthest depths of the earth.
Watching the never-ending waves roll in from an ocean that stretches beyond the horizon as they crash upon the countless grains of a sandy beach.
For a while I assumed the serenity I discovered there was simply a byproduct of being on vacation.
As I’ve grown older, I recognize these as places where my view of God is elevated and my thoughts of myself and laid low. They make me feel small.
My own frailty and short existence is exaggerated when I’m faced with the reality of God’s colossal creation.
The smaller I realize I am, the more powerful my God becomes.
Peace is found in humility.
Recognizing that I am small and insignificant absolves me of having to solve all the problems of the world. Understanding that God is both Creator and Master enables me to rest in His eternal orchestration of the universe. Comprehending that God’s existence is timeless and my own a mere flash in the pan comforts me as I let go of the temporary in search of eternal.
It is this same humility that beckons me to look up and reach out instead of backing away when faced with desperate humanity – the “least of these” of whom Jesus speaks in Matthew 25:31-46. And when we reach out for them, He says our efforts are for His benefit.
My life only matters in so much as I accomplish that which has eternal value. And those are the good works God has planned for me to do in His name and for His glory (Ephesians 2:10).
Humility makes earthly consequences of divine appointments eternally insignificant.
Humility rejects every excuse we can conjure up for our desire to back up and ignores every reminder that those who need us most are often least likely to repay us and most likely to harm us.
Only when we bow down to our creator, will we be able to look up to Him and reach out to His people.
When I worry what might happen to me if I reach out to someone in need, I elevate my own status. Instead, I am called in Scripture to esteem others above myself (Philippians 2:3)
Bowing down requires me to abandon my own plans and adopt His. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Bowing down demands that I recognize the gifts God has given me are to serve His people not myself. (Ephesians 4:11-12)
Bowing down beckons me to give my all for the advancement of others. (Philippians 2:1-11)
Bowing down signifies my total reliance on God. (Job 2:10, Luke 12:22-28)
Bowing down may seem costly, but the rewards are eternal. (Proverbs 22:4)
When I bow down, I can be certain He will exalt me. (James 4:10)
When the skills and abilities He has given me intersect with someone’s need, that is not coincidence. That is my mission. And Soldiers are to accomplish the mission at all costs. We will only be prepared to follow orders when we trust and obey the sovereignty of our Commander.
Jesus gave us two orders, to love God and others. (Mark 12:30-31). Loving others means reaching out to when we encounter the poor, sick, hungry, and naked.
Because God has chosen us as His people, we are to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient (Colossians 3:12). By His spirit, we are made bold to reach out to help others no matter what the personal cost may be – money, health, status, relationships, power, or reputation. All these risks pale in comparison to the reward we will receive when our Father in Heaven acknowledges us on the last day.
Bowing down in humility fills us with peace as we abandon temporal comfort for acts of service with eternal value.
Dear Father, I bow down in humble submission to Your plans for my life. Equip me to reach out and serve Your people. Remind me always of how brief my time here on earth is and the eternal rewards of humility and obedience to You. Fill me with Your peace when the consequences of reaching out seem to be more than I can bear. Amen.
“Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life.”
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