Today, after I dropped Miss Neenee off at school, per my usual, I turned on my Bible app. When I turned it on, it was on John 2. WHAT?? I’m supposed to be somewhere in Isaiah. Sometimes I just think these dadgum technological devices have a mind of their own. So, there I was listening to John while I was on track to hear Isaiah. AND y’all, it was King James Version & I listen to the New King James Version. To add to my confusion, it was a different man reading. He had some sort of thick foreign accent & I thought for a minute I didn’t know if I could tolerate the sound of his voice that early in the morning. Now go ahead & tell me how many foreign talking people I just offended there. But y’all, just to balance things out, I myself have a pretty thick southern accent, that some people might not like. So, I suppose it all works out. ANYWHOO, I figured I might as well not fuss with it. I love the book of John. So, I decided not to fight the Bible app & go ahead & listen. You can imagine my delight, when I got to chapter 3 & heard this verse-
He must increase, but I must decrease.
This verse is such a wonderful example of humility. John the Baptist was saying this about Christ. John was sent to be the forerunner for Jesus. An introduction before the big show, if you might. However, once Jesus’s ministry started, John stepped back, to let his cousin take center stage. How many times in life do we find ourselves in situations to be humble? It’s hard. Being humble means you have to forget about yourself. Being humble means putting the wants & wishes of others before your own.
Webster’s dictionary gives the meaning of humble-
as not proud : not thinking of yourself as better than other peopleJesus recognized the importance of being humble and kind. He showed His love & humility toward a Samaritan woman at a well. He could have turned His nose up when He saw her. But my Lord is not like that. He knew who she was & what kind of woman she was. He told her that. Not in a sense of condemnation, but in love, humility, & kindness. Because of that, the woman & lots of people in Samaria came to believe that Jesus was the Savior of the world (John 4:5-42). Jesus changed those people’s lives that day. And thousands of years later, He’s still doing the same thing. Not with an attitude of hate & anger, but of love, humility, & kindness.
Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth. (NKJV)
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.
I have so enjoyed visiting with you today. I love it when you stop by. Sorry for all the new testament drama. Because when it was all over, it was just what I needed to hear. Enjoy the pictures below. These are some clouds I came across on my way from work, the other day. Pretty big fan of the One that put them up there. And some GRAND kids. (Did you see what I did there?) Until next time, I should be washing clothes.
photo credits: http://www.thegirlcreative.com & http://www.lovethispic.com