If we learn to listen to God, we will find what the Lord is calling us to do.


Jesus knew how hard it can be to follow what is right. We don’t like to be different. But if we are following Him that is our call. We display courage by showing our ‘colours’. As Christians, we need to be part of the solution, and not part of the problem.
The apostles must have had a similar experience. Jesus said so many wise things, but not all of them made sense at first. For example, it was only after Easter Sunday that they could possibly understand that Jesus’ death was exactly the medicine this sinful world needed. They must have spent hours and hours together recalling the words that each of them remembered and discussing the meaning that was becoming clear as they lived this new way together.

Jesus told His disciples: “You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers… . The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but who¬ever humbles himself will be exalted”. He is always ready to teach us—if we are ready to humble ourselves and listen. He is always ready to bless us—if we are ready to lower ourselves and serve one another. ‘Listen to me and listen to my people’. If we learn to listen to God, we will find what the Lord is calling us to do. It’s never too late to heed the words of wisdom that echo in our memories! His words never fail, and His mercy toward us is new every morning. There is no deadline to putting His words into action.

Often one hears from non-Christians that one reason they don’t go to church, or don’t believe in Jesus Christ, is that the church is full of hypocrites. But in the eyes of God, this is not a valid excuse. His truth gets out, by His Spirit, even through hypocrites and sinful men. The hypocrisy of the messenger is no excuse for ignoring sound teaching. If anything, the hypocrisy and sinfulness of even the best of Christians, validates the Christian world view: all men are sinful, and in great need of a Savior. Respect for God and His ways inclines us to Godly humility and simplicity of heart.
What is true humility and why should we embrace it? True humility is not feeling bad about yourself, or having a low opinion of yourself, or thinking of yourself as inferior to others. True humility frees us from preoccupation with ourselves, whereas a low self-opinion tends to focus our attention on ourselves.
Humility is truth in self-understanding and truth in action. Viewing ourselves truthfully, with sober judgment, means seeing ourselves the way God sees us. A humble person makes a realistic assessment of oneself without illusion or pretense to be something one is not. A truly humble person regards oneself neither smaller nor larger than one truly is. True humility frees us to be ourselves as God sees us and to avoid despair and pride. A humble person does not want to wear a mask or put on a facade in order to look good to others. Such a person is not swayed by accidentals, such as fame, reputation, success, or failure.
Humility helps us to be teachable so we can acquire true knowledge, wisdom, and an honest view of reality. It directs our energy, zeal, and ambition to give ourselves to something greater than ourselves. Humility frees us to love and serve others selflessly, for their sake, rather than our own. Paul the Apostle gives us the greatest example and model of humility in the person of Jesus Christ, who emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and …who humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross (Philippians 2:7-8).

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