Friday 27th January 2017 - Daily Reading:
Acts 20 - Be Humble by Richard Cowling

Today we are going to focus on verses 17-21 of Acts 20. In these verses, Paul sends for the elders of the church in Ephesus and reminds them of two things. First of all, he reminds them of the way he had lived while he had been with them. And secondly he reminds them of the message he had preached, without hesitation! It was a clear message of turning to God in repentance, and having faith in Jesus.

"Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you."

In today's passage, Paul in particular is keen to point out that he lived his life and served the Lord with all humility. And it is that which I want to focus on today, and ask the question; Are we living our lives in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, and are we serving the Lord with all humility?

On numerous occasions in Scripture, we are given the instruction to humble ourselves. Being humble is vital in our Christian life. It says in Proverbs 3:34 He mocks proud mockers but shows favour to the humble and the oppressed. This is repeated in James 4:6, where it says "But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says 'God opposes the proud but shows favour to the humble.'"

Taking this lowly, humble position isn't a place of weakness, but rather positioning ourselves in a place where God is able to use us and exalt us. It says in James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up.

So serve the Lord, but do so with humility, so that in due time HE may lift you up (1 Peter 5:6).

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