Saturday, May 1, 2010

Rosebuds of Faith Series: The Proud and the Humble

"God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble."
1 Peter 5:5

Some mornings I get up thinking about what lies ahead in my day.
And I must admit, there are times that I just get 'full' of myself!

Maybe I have an important meeting at work, and I know that is
my chance to shine. Or perhaps it's an event I will be attending,
where I may rub elbows with influential or well-known people.
Once in a while, it's just because I'm feeling like I am super
'special', so something truly 'great' has to happen to me today!

Other times it's a competiveness issue...I must be better than
that one, or I have to outshine this one. And why is that sinner
down the street driving the Miata I should have, and living like
you know what and getting away with it, showing off and
bragging all the while???? Surely God doesn't like that!!!
Why would He allow that, when here I am, Miss Super Special....

But in my heart of hearts, I know who I am. I am the daughter
of the Most High God. Talk about rubbing elbows!!! How
could I ever do better than that? Who is most influential in
my life? And exactly why is it that the knowledge of who
I really am, suddenly brings humility to my soul?

It's because His grace is sufficient. His grace answers all
my needs, my wants, my wanna be's. His grace lifts me up,
and it puts me in my place, all at the same time. His grace
is more than enough.

God is the most generous being. He is awesome in the
way He brings blessings to the poorest of the poor, and
to the richest of the rich. He knows what we need when
we need it. He pours His love and His grace on us without
reservation. This truth alone is enough to bring us to a place
of humility, on our knees, hearts lifted to the throne, eyes on
His beautiful face.

Jesus walked in utter humility, but with dignity and love shining
from His countenance. We should pray for the same walk, for
the very essence of what He brought to this world. He lived
and He died with 'Ultimate Grace', and He bestows that same
grace on those who belong to Him. We are the privileged sons
and daughters of that grace....the grace of the risen King.

So look at yourself today in a different light, just like I am doing.
Remember that you are not so special after all, yet you are the
MOST special... special and precious to the One who holds you in
His wonderful hand. And whatever you choose to do today, and every
day hereafter, do with humbleness, with love, with the same grace
extended to others as has been extended to you. This pleases the
Heart of Grace Himself.


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