More of the Same
- Date: 6/5/2005 12:00:00 AM
- Teacher: Pastoral Staff
- Scripture: "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time."(1 Peter 5:6)
- From Panel Discussion
As a people we need to guard ourselves against spiritual pride, thinking we are better than other Christians out there because we go to church more or know more of the Bible. We are not better; we are unprofitable servants. We shouldn't resent that fact that they only go to church twice a week. They might be saved!
"Yeah, but they need to be doing what we're doing."
You do what God called you to do. Just share the Word with them and don't worry about where they are. Don't worry about the fact that someone is smoking or someone is drinking. The only thing that they're doing that can hurt you is false doctrine if you embrace it.
We are the light of the world. We are to be examples. The Pharisees thought that because of their works--their tithing, their praying--that they were better to the place of despising. Anything we're doing we're doing by the grace of God. We are not special; we are just Christians doing what God called us to do. Don't allow yourself to be deceived in those areas, thinking that you're something just because you're being obedient! That's normative Christianity.
Are some people really better than others? Are some of us more talented? Do we have more gifts? Are some of us intellectually keener? The answer to that is yes. We're not talking about a false humility that we're all the same. We are not. Humility is knowing what God has made you is to be used for His glory and His honor. Humility doesn't despise others that are better or less but understands that God put us in the Body as it pleases Him. We're not talking about socialism to where everybody is equal. We're talking about man, who naturally would like to think that he is preeminent, realizing God's wisdom supercedes his own. Humility is yielding to where he is gifted and placed, and calling it right. Know who you are, and know what God has made you and called you to do. Give Him the glory.
Humble yourself, and in due time God will exalt you (1 Pet. 5:6). We misunderstand God exalting me to be God finally giving us what we want, God revealing to others how great we really are, and us receiving in the eyes of men what's due finally because we humbled ourselves. Exaltation is not you getting what you think you deserve, having more than others, or coming to a position of preeminence. Exaltation is being able to be used for God's fullness in whatever way it is and being content in that. When you humble yourself, in due time God will exalt you.
So many of us are waiting for God to finally unveil to everybody the great, majestic plan and the preeminent position that He has for our lives. That perception is pride, because you can't comprehend what God has planned for you. You can't comprehend what's best. If God showed it to you, you couldn't understand it. If God was pulling the veil back, do you know what the great thing is that's waiting for you as you humble yourself? As He pulls that veil back, you will see that which says, "More of the same." "Patient continuance in well doing" is God's will for your life. Are you content with that, or does it have to be something that's dramatic and spectacular? That's not exaltation. Exaltation is being content and hearing, "Well done."