Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Now Where Was I?
But I want a perfect, weedless garden.
For 30 years, we have wrangled about this.
It needs to stop.
But how? Nobody wants to give in. We both think we are right and, from our own perspectives, we are. After all, no biblical principle hinges on whether I spray Roundup on the creeping charlie.
Or does it?
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.--Matthew 5:3,5
A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.--Proverbs 29:23
I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the contrite.--Isaiah 57:15
Think about it.
What makes us really humble?
Is it bowing and shuffling when someone tells me that I have done something well? No. That makes me secretly proud.
Am I humbled when I experience defeat after striving to do or learn something? No. As often as not, that simply spurs me on to try harder next time.
But obedience, now that breeds humility.
Doing what someone else wants, not what I want, when I know my idea or plan is just as valid as theirs. Setting aside my own will in situations where all I sacrifice is me.
Of course, I should never set aside my holiness, my love and devotion to God, but all else can be well lost.
And it feels nasty.
Is not my opinion or desire of value?
Of course it is. That's why setting it aside takes so much effort.
I am humbled by giving up my will not because it has no validity, but because it does.
Some positions are not important enough to fight over.
But they make great tools by which to learn holiness.
Obedience in these issues is how I push aside the extraneous parts of me, how I enter into the holy of holies, where my humanity takes a back seat to God's supremacy.
Humility was never about my position before other men.
It was always about my position before God.
And, as it turns out, pulling weeds.
I am always with you. You hold me by my right hand.--Psalms 73:23