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OBEDIENCE REQUIRES HUMILITY

And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:8 ESV)

In the verse above, we see that Jesus left His glory in heaven to become a human man. He came in the form of a servant; not a ruler. He was a man like other men, but He did not sin. Yet, He humbled Himself in obedience to die on the cross. Such a death was considered the most degrading and most humiliating kind of death. This was the penalty for the most wretched of slaves and the wickedest of criminals who were considered cursed by God.

Christ humbled Himself and obeyed God. A question for the modern Christian is: “Are you willing to humble yourself and obey God?” “Humility” is not a cool or popular characteristic in our time and even less so is the characteristic of “obedience”. However, both humility and obedience must take their rightful place in the Christian life or else it isn’t Christian.

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6 ESV)

Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, (1 Samuel 15:22 ESV)

God’s demands for humility and obedience are found throughout the Bible. They are repulsive to the modern secular man and difficult for Christians. Yet, these characteristics are wisdom from above for those who desire a harvest of righteousness and peace. Nevertheless, the proud will disobey because they refuse to submit to the God who created them.

The proud will never acknowledge that they are His creatures and His rule is good for mankind. Pride leads to the sin of rejecting the one way to salvation. Their egotism will not allow them to bow at the feet of Jesus. They will never find the paradise or fulfilment they dream of because they scorn the humble and ridicule the obedience of others. Christ, however, died for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8 ESV) and if you confess your sins, He is faithful to forgive. (1 John 1:9 ESV)

Humility encourages obedience and makes clear to all our dependence on God. Humility is the foundation of all virtues -whereas obedience is the recognition of our obligation to God in action.

Lord sanctify us. Oh! That Thy spirit might come and saturate every faculty, subdue every passion, and use every power of our nature for obedience to God. (Charles Spurgeon)

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  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging.

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  2. Brother pleased for the great work you do for our Lord praying for you. Your brother Evangelist Babu. India.

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    • Thank you very much. You are kind to say so.
      Grace to you,
      Samuel

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