Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Humility Brings Us Glory

Glory and humility..... Sounds funny even speaking these two words together. Glory is normally spoken of something given to God and humility something done in ourselves. Seems strange to think they could ever be connected.

Today, let me give you a different thought concerning these words....

Humility brings us glory. I know it sounds rather odd to think on the word glory as something given to man but I believe we are.

I am speaking of glory in the definition of: honor resulting from a good opinion, glory emanating from God, an appearance commanding respect, exellence.

Proverbs 3:35 says The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.

Wisdom is something given to man by God, not something that we learn anywhere else. We can gain all the knowledge the world has to offer but to be wise we must seek God and His ways. Wisdom is a gift of knowing the ways of God that is only given to those who ask for it. God does not impart wisdom to the proud. It is the humble that inherit the wisdom of God. It is in the breaking of our self pride that our eyes open to the vastness of God and His ways. In our humility, we are lifted up to know who God is.

James 4:10 -Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

When we are humble, we are then lifted up in wisdom and then because of Christ we inherit glory.

Hebrews 2:7 - You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands.

We were made a little lower than the angels but because of the blood shed for us, we have been crowned with glory and honor. We didn't deserve it, we still don't, but yet, we are given glory because of Jesus.

In John 17, Jesus prays for the believers, those then and those that would come later. In verse 22 He says this, "and the glory which You gave Me, I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one."

Jesus has given us honor and glory, the same as was given to Him by the Father. We share in His glory by no right of our own, but by grace, the unmerited favor of God.

When we break our foolish self pride, we are emptied, we become an available vessel to be used for the work of God. It is our humility that allows God to use us fully. When we are used fully by God, people around us notice and are changed. We then recieve glory that we humbly turn back and hand to our savior.

We through no merit of our own have been given a place of royalty. A glory and magnificence that could never be earned by works of our hands. A crown has been set on our head and we are called to shine before men. Not with the light of ourselves but the light of Christ. It all comes by bowing low.


Beth in NC said...

Good word! As we humble ourselves, God lifts us up.

I'm so glad we can't earn our place -- that would certainly be stressful wouldn't it?


Omah's Helping Hands said...

Awesome Post Sherri. So very true. Many don't look at this way, or forget or what ever the case. This is a great reminder and perspective of the two small, but mighty words.

Jennifer said...

I've often pondered this same thing, and then here you've explained it so well. Thanks for taking the time to share.

nAncY said...

good reminder

madcat said...

Hey Sherri Watt, I would get my hands on those books.

Yes. We shouldn't just believe with our hearts. There has to be some study

It's kinda like a wrestle with God right now.

Thanks for your advice.

valerie lynn said...

Humbling and submitting myself unto our great and mighty King is worth all the troubles which come into my life. I know in the end after all is said and done my eternal home waits for me in heaven. Oh what a glorious day that will be. Great writing my friend. Love you!