Humble Before God

     So what’s the point?  How is this knowledge valuable in our lives?  I want to suggest this morning that the knowledge of God’s calling grace is important for three reasons.

     First, it must keep us humble before the Lord.  It is easy, after some time as a believer, to begin to think that we have somehow earned or deserved our place in the presence of the Lord.  After all, we have tried hard to do what is right.  We have tried to live in a different way than the world.  It has been hard work and we have had to do things we didn’t want to do.  Sometimes we have had to hold back from doing things we really wanted to do.  There is often a part of us that thinks we deserve some recognition, some benefit, for this extra effort.  It is easy to pat ourselves on the back for coming to the Lord and for serving Him as much as we do. 

     We must never become like the Pharisee in Jesus’ story

(Luke 18:9-14 NKJV)  Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: {10} “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. {11} “The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men; extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. {12} ‘I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ {13} “And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ {14} “I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

     The only proper position before the Lord is on our knees.  We must always remember that there was nothing in us that moved the heart of God to call us to Himself.  We have to be humble before Him because we cannot show any reason for our place in the kingdom of Heaven except His grace, His love.  We will always be dependent on Him.

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