Saturday, May 28th, 2016
Proverbs For Performers (Part 19)
Copying A King
Surely He scorns the scornful,
But gives grace to the humble.
Proverbs 3:34 (NKJV)
When pride comes, then comes shame;
But with the humble is wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2 (NKJV)
Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.
Matthew 23:12 (NASB)
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
James 4:10 (NASB)
If we're Christians, then we should copy Christ, and we can't exclude His humility.* Because without getting down on the floor, without realizing we know nothing, without emptying ourselves of ourselves, without surrendering our will to His, without copying His mighty meekness, we are huffs and puffs of odious wind.
'The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked' (1 John 2:6). 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me' (Matthew 16:24).
'For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him' (John 13:15-16).
Sadly our me-me-me generation neither exalts God nor copies Jesus.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Humility is a cool, new tune, compelling fans to listen closely... to a rap song praising someone else? To words without sensuality?
Your lifestyle (the way you look and act) is your first-impression calling card. If that part of you doesn't connect, then your words about Jesus won't work: not the invitation to your church, nor a handy, dandy Bible tract.
Surely, media seeks uniqueness: a person unlike any other. Well, humility isn't common. Putting others first is super-strange. Preferring service to stuff is weird. Respecting God and people is new.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If Jesus showcased humility while men showcased their grand achievements, follow the First and stun the second.
* Previous AMTC 2-part devotion. Humility Precedes Success: http://amtcdevotions.org/humility-precedes-success-part-1
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Proverbs for Performers series.