In the Midst of Humility

by William C. Fisher



Humility is strength and in the midst of humility we will find God. There are people who think that being humble is a sign of weakness but actually it is just the opposite. The definitions for humilty are: humbleness, modesty, unassuming nature and meekness. Just because someone is humble or meek people tend to think he or she is a cowering or frightened little rabbit, but it is when we are in a position of humility that we experience Jesus Christ and the Lord is our strength.



When someone is converted or becomes born again, the individual doesn’t come shaking their fist at the heavens demanding salvation or come to Him all hot and stomping as we say in the South. As a matter of fact, all that come to the Lord for the first time are usually broken and hanging by a thread. It is in these times when we are most vulnerable and receptive to a loving God.



William C. Fisher

William C. Fisher.

In the midst of humility is where we find God waiting. Jesus has clearly told us that the meek are blessed and shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5: 5 and as I said before, humility is strength and we should examine the power of the humility in our service to God. “…but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20: 26, 27 Jesus said that if we desire greatness we must become a servant and whoever wants to be first should be a slave to him who is in authority. The concept of serving in this humble manner seems to be unpalatable for some folks these days. I’ve known many who wished to be great, but they did not want to put forth any effort in the serving department to become great. I can tell you truly that leadership does not come easy and it does not come without first learning how to serve. And these two go together…always.



As I’m writing this I can’t help being reminded what the Lord Jesus said concerning John the Baptist. “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” That statement is a sermon within a sermon! John did only as the Holy Spirit instructed him while on the earth, yet Jesus said the least in the kingdom is greater than him. We who are serving shall do great and greater things in the eyes of the Lord while remaining in Him and maintaining a humble lifestyle yet with strength, boldness and tenacity. Being humble does not mean you are a wimp! Anyone can lash out at another when confronted or charged falsely concerning a thing, but it takes real discipline and integrity to remain calm in times of adversity.



The lowly seat has never been the most attractive, but it is the only way the true presence of God will be manifested. There is greatness in serving humbly my brothers and sisters and there are blessings untold ready to be had.



In closing I would like share an experience I once had with the Lord concerning humility. For many years my wife and I were pastors at a local nursing home. For those of you who have never ministered in a nursing facility I suggest you do for the experience. It is rewarding but it is the hardest ministry you will ever encounter. I would stand behind the pulpit week after week, month after month and year after year staring into blank and confused faces as I preached. There were many who were alert, but there were others who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and the inability to control their bodily functions. There was not a day that passed when we were not ankle deep in some type of excrement that somehow always found its way toward the front and to me. My mind began to drift one day while preaching and I began thinking of all these great things I had heard other ministers had going on in those luxurious churches that were always full of people and everything was so nice. Meanwhile, reality kicked back in and I could feel my nostrils burning from the stench. I began to grumble within myself until the Lord spoke to my spirit. His words have humbled me to this day. He asked me; “Do you not understand? Do you not know that greatness begins and ends with serving in a lowly capacity? Have I not called you to the least of the brethren and given you the lost for your inheritance? It wasn’t until then that I began to understand the meaning of greatness in serving and humility. It was a hard but valuable lesson I learned that day and I will never forget it. I hope you can apply this to your everyday life. In the midst of humilty we shall find God. Amen.

4/21/2006

(This article comes from Chapelight Ministry and we are grateful to Bill Fisher for making it available to us).

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