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January 10 | Luke 14:7-11

PRAYER PRACTICE


SPOKEN PRAYER: Out loud, pray for God to speak to you through your reading. Praise God for giving us His word. Ask the Spirit to help you read with faith, and to live out what you hear from God through the passage.

 

DAILY READING

Luke 14:7-11

 

REFLECTION


Pursue Humility

by Dave Mann


Humility may be the most difficult personal attribute to achieve. Once we are able to become more humble than we were, it is easy to become proud of the accomplishment! Perhaps the best we can do is to pursue humility.


Here are Scriptures that show how important humility is in our walk with Jesus. (Thanks to John Piper for assembling these passages.)


It is all too easy to be offended that others do not treat us based on what we think is according to our rights.

For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Luke 14:11


Humility begins with a sense of subordination to Christ.

The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. Matthew 10:24


Humble Christians do not feel a right to better treatment than Jesus received.

It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household! Matthew 10:25


Followers of Jesus do not complain that the path God leads us in is not to our liking.

Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps… When he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 1 Peter 2:21-23


Humble people recognize that all accomplishments they have are a result of what they have received from others and God.

What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? 1 Corinthians 4:7


Humble people know they are fallible and so receive critique as an opportunity to grow.

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. Proverbs 12:15


Humble people understand that God decides when we die and that God governs our accomplishments.

Now listen, … What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. … As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. James 4:13-16


 

Almighty God, you who are truly the only great one, teach me to number my days and to consider my accomplishments as a gift from you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.



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