3. Your humility! This is most definitely one of your gifts that I so admire. You seem to effortlessly be able to put others before yourself, consider them better than yourself, and see the best in others no matter what(:

 

Do nothing from factional motives, through contentiousness, strife, selfishness, or for unworthy ends, or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead, in the true spirit of humility, lowliness of mind, let each regard the others as better than and superior to himself thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves. Let each of you esteem and look upon and be concerned for not his own interests, but also each for the interests of others. Let this same attitude and purpose and humble mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus: Let Him be your example in humility:

Who, although being essentially one with God and in the form of God, possessing the fullness of the attributes which make God God, did not think this equality with God was a thing to be eagerly grasped or retained, but stripped Himself of all privileges and rightful dignity, so as to assume the guise of a servant slave, in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself still further and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross! Therefore has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that in at the name of Jesus every knee should must bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue frankly and openly confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Phil 2:3-10

 

 

Friends, let us have the same heart as Jesus.  Let us live humbly and securely in the grace of God, shrugging off entitlement and applause.

 

So often we can scramble to live out our dreams, to create a platform, to be someone, to make a difference, abandoning the security and awareness that God is the dream giver and the dream fulfiller.  This world says it’s all about me.  It’s all about my dream, my life, and my rights. It’s all about fractured motives, empty arrogance.

 

Jesus intentionally chose to live a surrendered life.   He says live a different way.  Lay your life down.  Lift others up.  Live with purpose.  Surrendered.

 

Let us listen to those with wisdom, learning from those who have gone before us.

 

Let us find our security and identity with God, in the secret place, not on the stage of life for all to see.  Let us live in the hidden.  God is the one who opens doors, in the right time and season.  Let us still our hearts from the rush to succeed and be seen.

 

Choose the way of the cross.  To be humble.  To serve.  To love.

 

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,  who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,  but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil 2:3-10

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