New believers need training to understand their relationship in Christ Jesus. We will encourage them to be obedient in baptism, reading their Bible, prayer, and many other things. However, I do not recall a lesson on humility. This is a challenging devotional.
The first lesson of a Christian!
“All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:5-6
Humility is knowing that we are not humble. Alas! Who is humble?
Perhaps many, who think themselves high in Christ’s school, have not yet begun with their A-B-C’s. The first lesson of a Christian is humility; and he who has not learned the first lesson, is not fit to take out a new one.
“Much more of true religion consists in deep humility, brokenness of heart, and an abasing sense of barrenness and lack of grace and holiness–than most who are called Christians imagine.” (David Brainerd, 1718-1747)
“For those who would learn God’s ways, humility is the first thing, humility is the second thing, and humility is the third thing.” (Augustine, 354-430)
“Only a broken heart can receive a bruised and crucified Savior!” (George Everard, 1882)
There may a lesson in this for our older believers. How many of us are proud, puffed up, and unholy as we walked through our Christian lives. We need to be the example of humbleness as Jesus was for us.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001