What does it take to be a humble Christian?
John Newton, our writer, was well acquainted with pride, arrogance, and wickedness. He was a slave owner, ship’s captain, and very mean man. Then the tables turned and he became the slave.
Then Newton humbled himself before Jesus and his life was totally changed. He became a preacher of righteousness, who understood what it meant to be humble.
The humble Christian
“By the grace of God, I am what I am!” 1 Corinthians 15:10
The humble Christian will not be easily angered–nor will he be dogmatic and judgmental.
He will be compassionate and tender towards the infirmities of his fellow-sinners; knowing, that, if there is any difference between himself and others–it is grace of God that has made it. He knows that he has the seeds of every evil in his own heart!
Also, under all trials and afflictions, the humble Christian will look to the hand of the Lord, and lay his mouth in the dust–acknowledging that he suffers much less than his iniquities have deserved.
These are some of the advantages and good fruits which the Lord enables us to obtain from that bitter root, indwelling sin.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001