Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 7)
An Acknowledgment Of Inferiority
I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised by the people.
Psalm 22:6 (NKJV)
He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant.
Luke 1:48 (NKJV)
I can of Myself do nothing... I do not seek My Own will but the will of the Father Who sent Me.
John 5:30 (NKJV)
Simon Peter... fell down at Jesus' Knees, saying, 'Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!'
Luke 5:8 (NKJV)
The centurion said, 'Lord, I am not worthy for You to come under my roof, but just say the Word, and my servant will be healed.'
Matthew 8:8 (NASB)
I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle...
1 Corinthians 15:9 (NIV)
Humility is a core theme of the Bible and a duty for a soldier. Why? Humility is foundational for learning. If you're full of yourself, you can't be full of God.
If your mind is filled with your own thoughts, where will God's plans go? If your heart is filled with lots of stuff, should God share key space? If your time is filled with pointless jobs, how can you serve God?
As a new recruit in basic training, imagine saying to your sergeant: 'I already know this... My heart's not in it... I'm too busy now.' Consider pushups unceasing or jail time increasing.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: acknowledge your inferiority.
Fake it until you make it may work in Hollywood, but it falls flat with God. Prosperity preaching and easy-way teaching may fly in big churches, but they won't lift God. Lovely designer crosses on holier-than-thou bosses may quietly mark Christian leaders, but God asks more of Christian soldiers.
Jesus said we must carry crosses, not wear them: 'Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple' (Luke 14:27).*
Actors, models and talent for Christ: to acknowledge your inferiority before God (and His people) qualifies you to lead. In His Book, 'Humility precedes honor' (Proverbs 15:33).**
To Be Continued...
* Excellent short article: What did Jesus mean when He said, 'Take up your cross and follow Me?:' http://www.gotquestions.org/take-up-your-cross.html
** Previous AMTC Devotion on humility: http://amtcdevotions.org/humility-precedes-success-part-1
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.