This is a tough one, right? It’s so counterintuitive to our American way of life. We try our hardest to be No. 1. We’re taught that we’ve got to look out for ourselves first. However, we’re never more like Jesus Christ than when we’re humble.
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light” – Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)
Finding that humble spirit is no easy task. It means putting others ahead of yourself. It means setting pride, arrogance, and assertiveness aside. There’s no room to be proud or arrogant when you put the needs of others ahead of your own.
Jesus Christ did that when he bore our sins on the cross. If anyone had the right to be proud or arrogant, it was Jesus. He was the Son of God. But instead, He laid down His life for us. There’s no more humble act than that.
Will you join me in trying to be more like Jesus Christ? During Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:5 NLT), He says that “God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.” That’s a promise worth pursuing.
Discernment is not a word that’s tossed around very often in today’s society. However, discernment is vitally important for us to live out our lives the way God intended. Discernment is, in essence, the ability to see past the clutter of today’s jumbled world and ascertain the truth.
Fake news may be a relatively new term to us in the 21st century, but the idea of truth being stretched or outright lies being told in order to make people believe falsehoods is nothing new. The Apostle John tells us as much in 1 John 4:1 (NLT) – “Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world.”
Discernment allows us to separate what’s accurate from what’s false. To separate truth from lies. One of my goals in putting together this blog is to encourage people through God’s Word. I believe what’s in the Bible to be accurate and inspired of God. If you believe that as well, I urge you to use the Scriptures as a guide to help you become more discerning.
I’m excited to go on this journey with you. In Ephesians 2:10, we’re called God’s masterpiece…created anew in Jesus Christ to do the good things he planned for us long ago. Let’s do those good things together. Thank you for joining me.