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Humility-Don't Leave Earth Without It - GiveAnAnswer.org
Today I want to talk about humility, about the importance of humility and the fact that salvation itself is impossible without it! Before I became a Christian I didn’t believe in a personal God. I thought I was on my own, that everything was up to me and if anything were to happen I had to make it so. But the result of this self-directed life was failure, and many of those I loved were injured in the fallout. God always had a plan for me, but I wasn’t listening. My pride prevented it. I was forced into humility, driven to my knees and pride defeated, if only for a moment, by the collapse of my life. Then I heard what God had to say to me, to my heart and my mind, and I accepted Christ. Perhaps you went through a similar experience? Everything was going great according to the standards of the secular world, then one day it all fell apart. A tsunami crashed into your life, swept away or turned upside down all that you had worked for, loved & known. Driven to your knees, humbled, you now, finally, heard the eternal voice of God calling out to you. You fell into the arms of Christ and were never the same again. Perhaps your introduction to Christ came early in life, before the grip of the world around you rendered you deaf, but you strayed. The tsunami came to you as it did to me, rendered you humble and enabled you to hear Christ calling out to you, his lost sheep. However you may have come to know Christ, humility is the one common denominator that made it possible. The Big Idea The plans of God the Father, Lord of heaven and earth, can be heard and understood only by those who are humble. Matthew 11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.” The Greek word for wise, sunetos, used in the context of this passage, implies conceit. Conceit is a trait of those who think of themselves wise and learned. They are proud, full of themselves, not humble and therefore unteachable. συνετός sunetos soon-et’-os Intelligence or mental acquirement; in a bad sense conceited The Greek word for children, nepios, used in the context of this passage, on the other hand, describes empty vessels ready to be filled with knowledge and information. They haven’t lost their natural humility & relative innocence we lose as we grow older. There is little or no conceit or pride, therefore they are teachable. νήπιος nepios nay’-pee-os Metaphorically a babe, one unlearned, unenlightened, simple, innocent The prerequisite for understanding the plan of God is not to be wise and learned. It is to have the humility of a child. -You do not need an advanced degree. -You do not need great intellectual prowess. -You do not need to have read many books. …