We provide a short weekly devotion every Thursday to encourage us in God's Word. The authors of these devotions are members of St. John's. Check back here every week for the next devotion! May they be a blessing to you.
“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and everyone who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 18:14).
Score: Pride 19, Humility 3. That probably reflects the state of our embracing Jesus’s teaching in Luke 18. Pride is fostered by our society encouraging us to compare ourselves with others - identifying where we are smarter, wealthier (by earthly measure), prettier, can out-perform, out-wit, have greater influence, etc. and such comparisons. But there is only one person we should be comparing ourselves with—Jesus Christ—and we will always find ourselves lacking. We should be like the tax collector… “God, have mercy on me, a sinner” (Luke 18:13). Humility begins by targeting our own sinfulness—by confessing it with repentance and asking for His forgiveness and mercy.
Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:4).
This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit (Isaiah 66:2).
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