As we come to the end of our year’s review of Humility~The Beauty of Holiness (PDF) by Andrew Murray there are certain things that are evident. These remain ever and always throughout this life, and concern not only the whole of this life but the next.
1. Pride must be slain; it is our worst enemy.
2. We must die to self.
3. We must humble ourselves before God and men.
We have found these to be necessary for holiness and a real relationship with God; and for any worthwhile relationship with man. They are also beyond our doing. The supernatural things required in this life by our Creator and Redeemer are realized only by His own power working in and through us as His creation.
As vessels created and redeemed for His glory we must be emptied, so that He has His rightful place in us to do His work. A vessel filled with pride has no room for God. We have as much power to die to self as we do to create ourselves. When we know the power of the heavenly Father working through His Spirit, His Word, in our hearts, minds, and our circumstances, we are brought to see the humility that is still needed.
When we realize that we need the humility of Christ, desire it, pray for it, seek it with all our hearts ~ even as we seek Christ with all our hearts ~ He will work it in us. Though we would want it to happen overnight we see that it is a lifetime process. We may lose count of how many times we are knocked off our pedestal of pride, broken, chastised, and humiliated by others; but if we are God’s children He will shake us lose from the gripe of pride, bring us to deny self, humble ourselves and follow Christ in His humility.
“He must increase; I decrease.” John 3:30
Exaltation happens from the ground up. Until we are low enough we are too heavy to be raised. Until we are empty we have no room for the love that fills and lifts us by His grace. We have nothing of our own worth keeping. A vessel held up on its own continues to fall and remains unfilled, hungry, and desolate for what He gives.
It is not until God has everything that we get anything.
In His own power He raises us to fulfill in us all for which He created and redeemed us ~ that He would show forth His glory through us for His service, His own praise and exaltation; that we may “glorify Him and enjoy Him forever.” (Shorter Catechism)
“For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity,
whose name is Holy;
I dwell in the high and holy place,
with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,
to revive the spirit of the humble,
and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for bringing us month to month through this study again. You have shown that it must be a continual study, accompanied by your Word and the Spirit of Christ in us. Thank you for pressing upon our hearts the need and fulfillment that you are able to provide. Keep us ever seeking Christ and His humility so that nothing prevents the work of your praise and service through us for your names’ sake and for your glory. I ask a special blessing for those who have been with us this year for this review; and for any who may read these later. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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