Grace and Humility
“…be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud,
and giveth grace to the humble”
1 Peter 5:5
Humility is the allurement for Grace. As bees are drawn to fragrant flowers, humility invites the grace of God. How wise and good is our God; His ways and His mercies are past finding out. As we develop in Him, we begin to comprehend the interaction of His graces in our lives.
His mercies enable a life of surrender unto Him.
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God,
to present your bodies as a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God,
which is your spiritual worship”
Just as the mercies of God bring us into the submission of our hearts, so humility leads us into a life of obedience.
“And being found in fashion as a man,
he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death…”
It is through the workings of Grace that obedience becomes our joy and purpose in life. The Apostolic ministry has one purpose: to bring all men to the obedience of Faith unto God.
“through whom we have received grace and apostleship
to bring about the obedience of (the) faith…”
The evidence of mercy received is a surrendered life. A life of humility is expressed in obedience and the ministrations of His Spirit to others.
The inner workings of God’s grace must always find expression in our external walk. A life unlived and unfulfilled is the result of not allowing His graces to work in our lives.
“You shall serve the LORD your God,
and He will bless your bread and your water…
I will fulfill the number of your days”
Is not this the cry of every redeemed human heart; that the number of our days be filled full of Him?
“And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee,
if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God”
God’s heart is for us to be overtaken by His Blessings.