July 18, 2017

Isaiah 53:5 (NLT) — 5 But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.

Another character trait that identifies if we are growing spiritually is a Humble Attitude. The mind set of a person with a humble attitude is to put the other person first. We really have to set our minds to do this because our natural thoughts are ‘me first’.

In our verse we see that Jesus is fully grown spiritually because he put us first. Think about that ‘us’ first. This includes the population of the whole world, past present and future! That is a lot of people to put first especially when it seems like the majority of people couldn’t care less about Jesus. In fact some people only know the name of Jesus because it is used as a swear word. And yet Jesus disregarded all the resistance to him and still put us first.

You see we resist Jesus when we don’t put others first; when we refuse to change our agenda for someone else. Write down what you do during the day. Is there any room there to put someone first? Could you hold the door for someone? Could you let someone ahead of you in a grocery line even though you are in a hurry? Could you pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant? Could you not play that video game and give the time to your spouse or your neighbor? At a Four Way Stop could you make sure someone else has their turn before you go? Perhaps when you park you car to go into a store or your favorite work out place you could park a little ways away and let someone else park close to the front.

Do you put Jesus first by spending time studying his word, by obeying his word, by praying, by tithing, by worshipping on Sunday instead of taking the summer off? Does he get time in your conversations with other people? If someone was able to look at a film of you the last month would they say that you came to serve or to be served?

Mark 10:45 (NLT) — 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Ask the Holy Spirit to grant you the grace that you need to develop a Humble Attitude. And then take that grace and put someone first. By doing that you are in a sense ‘killing two birds with one stone’. You are not only putting the other person first but you are putting Jesus first just by living in obedience to his word.

Matthew 6:33 (NLT) — 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Think of some other creative way to put others first and then reply with them on the blog. I am always looking for new ideas. Thank you for reading today.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

Comments

  1. Mary Anne Frank says:

    Jesus tells us to pray for our enemies and to bless them. That is one of the hardest things for me to do especially when I or my loved ones have been wrongfully hurt. My pride makes me want to hurt back. Humility like Jesus tells me to forgive and bless….I need mercy and grace for that one.

  2. A couple off the top of my head are striking up a conversation with the checkout person at a store, even when I haven’t been greeted, they act as if no one is standing in front of them AND I’m in a hurry! Tough days for people are all around us. It’s good to do this with people I need to call for business too. Just to add a little personal touch to an otherwise mundane call. Secondly, Rob is gone all week long with his job. One of his passions is gardening and all that comes with it; tilling, planting, weeding, watering, watching, waiting, replanting and waiting some more! In the past the only thing I’ve really helped him with is eating the harvest…that’s my passion for gardening! But I’ve had to take on a different role this summer. To be honest, I’m certainly not loving it and I can complain when I wrestle with hoses, but I’m serving my husband by doing the work and respecting him in the process. Maybe my fresh salads will be even better this year:)

  3. I get that Mary Anne. The story that Pastor Dan shared from the Insanity of God book really made me think. Incredible that we can have the grace to forgive for such hard, harsh things. We have a daughter that has not spoken to us for over three years. No phone calls, texts, pictures, no replies to gifts and letters we send…nothing. Sometimes it feels like she is an enemy to keep us from knowing anything about her life, her wonderful husband and our precious granddaughter who was three when we saw her last. To forgive and bless is a daily thing and only done with the Holy Spirit’s help.