Saturday, May 7, 2011
Why humble? Jesus did mention this, as recorded in Matthew 6:3
"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full."
This gives me a moment of reflection, as to the purpose of Spirit Garden. Let me assume for the time being that I am not announcing it with trumpets, and that my writings do not inspire the honor of men. I would not mind that, I do admit. However, the Lord has told me that my pleasure from this is my reward in full.
I think that humility can be defined as knowing the place of man before God. When we give thanks we are showing humility. We are given so many gifts, freely, only with the price that we believe in God, that we accept the sacrifice of his Son to pay the price for our sins.
But I must know that I have a great purpose in accepting God's love. That is to reflect, like a polished sterling plate, and shine forth the witness to His love and many blessings. How do I do this? That is my question, and I don't have the answer. Many have gone before me and have been examples for me to study. Listening. The humble act of listening to the thoughts and concerns of others. This will touch their heart. This will inspire them to question why I care about them. This will enable God to bless them again, it seems to me.
I think I will ponder the importance of humility, and the paradox of shining like a star to witness the love of God to my fellow man. It is one of the great mysteries that I cannot solve. I pray the Holy Spirit grants me peace to accept the many mysteries of the ways of God. In a great way they keep me humble.