This is going to be a two part discussion on 1 Peter 5:6

“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.”

Part One:

I think we first need to see what that word “humble” means. And yes…I am a ruminator of words.  I practically live on dictionary.com.

Strong’s Concordance gives a lot of definitions for this word, but I think the best one that applies here is:

“devoid of all haughtiness”

This definition is kind of a blanket definition for all the other definitions (that was a lot of times using that word!!)

In today’s world of “look at me and what I did,” how is it possible to be humble? If you look at Youtube for 30 seconds, you will see the extreme measures people will go to, to be noticed. And Reality shows??? Don’t even get me started!!!

My question is…how is it NOT possible to desire to be humble??? If I’m going to call myself a Christian, then I’d better be prepared to live a life “devoid of all haughtiness” or be willing to lose the blessing!!!

Matthew has  some very interesting things to say about people who do things just to be noticed.  In Matthew, chapter 6, he writes:

“{2} Therefore when thou doest thine alms (charitable deeds), do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. … {5} And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. … {16} Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.” {Matthew 6:2, 5, 16 KJV, emphasis and comment added} (blueletterbible.org)

If all I want is the recognition of this world, then I will make a noise about the things that I do. Make sure the press is there when I give my $1,000,000 check to save the whales! Ask everyone in the restaurant to be quiet while I bless my food, in perfect King James English! Be sure to loudly proclaim that I CAN’T have a doughnut this morning because I’m fasting! Huh…?

So, now everyone knows all these “religious” things I’m doing. They may pat me on the back, or give me a plaque with my name engraved on it, or they may just give me a funny look. But…all those accolades are temporal. Proclaiming my own greatness denies God the opportunity to give His reward. Nope…I want something eternal. (Just keep saying that to myself…all for God’s glory not my own recognition)

My “fellowship friend” shared these thoughts with me:

OBSERVERS WILL SEE IT SO NO NEED TO SAY IT” (ff)

“The largest room in the world is the ‘room for improvement’” (Anonymous)

We should just do what we are supposed to do and not be concerned with what it might bring. That might be why some are so concerned with the outcome, they do what they want not what they should. Then there is cause for concern. (ff)

Jesus said it like this: “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” {Matthew 6:6 KJV} (blueletterbible.org)

I’m going to stop here…who knew such a short verse could stir up so many thoughts???

Look for the second half of the verse in tomorrow’s post!

 

Gaining strength though our fellowship.

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.” {1 John 1:3 KJV}

 

Photo by ff

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