4 By humility and the fear of the Lord
Are riches and honor and life.
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
With Christ as our example, we should have greater understanding of this proverb. Jesus did not come in power and authority but in humility and in the fear of the Lord. Jesus came fully submitted to the Father’s will, which He completely did fulfill. In Ephesians we read over and over about the unsearchable riches of Christ. Jesus is also known as “the Life.” For though Jesus came in poverty and He came to die, Jesus ended up highly exalted and the only true life-giver.
No, we will not be like Christ in His exaltation, but we will be lifted up by God when we too live in humility and in the fear of the Lord. I am very thankful for the examples of humility I have known in this life. Their human abilities, surrendered to Christ, made them humble, approachable, and even kind because they knew that everything they had came from God. As I watched these truly “great” people, their testimony gave me solid examples to follow in church and in business, and I am thankful for each of them.
In the end, we all want riches, and honor and life. To gain these rewards as lasting benefits, we must commit to walking in humility and in the fear of the Lord. Those of you who knew my dad, know that he always deflected praise. He thanked those who helped him, he thanked his wife, and he thanked his Lord. My dad did great things but walked humble with his God. His riches are eternal. Let us all look past the riches of this life to the riches and honor of God’s kingdom. Let us walk today in humility and in the fear of the Lord.
Yesterday we enjoyed having 40 children from Mamasayan orphanage in our service. These kids were happy, vibrant, and joyously lifted God’s name in praise for us. I thought that we could all learn something from these kids about being content with where we are and praising God in the middle of life’s trials. Christmas is a difficult time for orphans and widows; pray for those around you will be alone this Christmas, ask them over during the holidays and enjoy their company for awhile.
This evening, I will be bringing a gospel message at an office party here in Jakarta. One of our men works in this office and has worked it out for me to bring a message. This is a great opportunity to introduce Christ to many people. Pray for God to do His mighty work through us for His glory, the salvation of souls.
Have a great day in the Lord,