The Need For Humility: God’s Gentle Reminders

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So, today I was looking in my Bible and I came across Philippians chapter 2 and I know it wasn’t just by chance. It was God’s way of gently reminding me about the need for humility in my life as a believer. Here is what Philippians 2:1-11 says in case you don’t have your Bible handy:

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

 Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
 rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
 And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.”

When I read that I felt like God was trying to remind me that it is so important for me to be more Christ-like and concentrate on why I was put on this earth in the first place. I should be serving others and that’s what is so important. Right now my main ministry is serving, caring and providing for my son but I would love to get into another ministry, and although I am not sure which ministry it is I will serve in, I am sure that the Lord will lead me to where He would have me. I am so thankful that I serve a God who is so gracious and loving and forgiving. He keeps no record of my wrongdoings and He is always so patient with me when I am disobedient and many times wandering aimlessly. he waits patiently for me to turn back to Him through prayer and searching His word. The past few weeks I have felt like I have been distant with the Lord and kind of in a rut (part of why I haven’t been blogging as much) and I wasn’t sure how I could break through it but the Lord in His goodness has helped me break through once again and He went a step further by giving me a look at what I can work on and how I can improve my walk with Him. He wants more from me than just reading the Word, praying and going to church. He wants more than just our lip service and I know what needs to be done. Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I think this reminder of having a servants heart has come at just the right time and it gives me so much more to be thankful for and as I remember and list all of the things I have to be thankful for I am reminded that there are people out there who have to go without and it is an equally beautiful and sobering reminder of how blessed I am in my life and just how much I need to give back to my community. Has God given you any gentle reminders lately? If so what was it about?!? I would love to know how the Lord has been working in your life in the comments below.

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