You know that one of the things that God said is not optional was "humility". God has really really been moving and working inside of me the last 3 weeks as I have made it a priority to implement the things that He said are not optional into my life. The more time I have spent in prayer, the more time I've spent being "still", the more time I've spent in intercession, the more time I've spent just with Him, I'm seeing something more and more clearly, when God said die to self... He meant it. When He said to crucify your flesh.... He meant it. When He said to view others as better than yourself... He meant it. Last night I heard a minister say "self centeredness is the cause of all grief". Don't believe it? Check this scripture out Proverbs 13:10 "Only by pride comes contention". Think about the times you get frustrated, angry, bitter, jealous, etc. it is more often than not because of some root of pride. I'm upset because I don't deserve for them to say that about me, I'm discontent because I thought it would be different than this, I'm jealous because I think I should get to have that... All of that contention is from pride. The minister said does a dead corpse get upset when someone talks bad about it? Does it get upset if someone kicks it?
I remember being in Rwanda in 2010 when God made Colossians 3 come alive to me. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. (Col. 3:2-3) As I read that scripture I crumbled to pieces, crying. I had the realization that I was not dead. If you read on it goes on to tell you what all should die with your flesh and what you should put on. Then it says, "let the peace of God rule in your hearts". When I crucify my flesh, when I count myself as dead, when I put others before myself, when I become truly humble, when Christ becomes my focus, then I can live in true peace.
These last few weeks I've walked in a peace that I had been lacking for quite some time. Sometimes it takes gaining something before you realize how much you were missing it. As I've had extra time to just be in His presence I feel the love of God for me and for others growing and building. As that love penetrates my heart, I have an overwhelming desire to put the needs and wants of others over my own.
Christ was the most humble man to ever walk the earth. His life was an offering. People constantly wanted things from Him, they were pulling on Him in crowds, they would follow Him every where He went, and if they weren't wanting something from Him they were seeking to kill Him, they were bad talking Him, and plotting against Him. Yet in all of this, Jesus served. He continued to pour Himself out all the way until His death and resurrection.
I feel the potential in the atmosphere for God to do mighty mighty works. I want to see them here in my youth group, in my church, in this city, and all abroad, but until I die to self, until I put the needs/wants of others above my own, God will not move mightily through me. He resists the proud and gives grace to the humble.
It's time that the body of Christ get serious about humility. I highly encourage you to read Humility by Andrew Murray. I'm excited to see what God is doing across the land. I'm excited to see what He will do through us as individuals as we put our wants and needs below the needs/wants of those around us. Jesus was a servant of all and oh how I long to be like my Savior.
Be Blessed, J. Tate