Humility in The Mission
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Humility for the Mission

One of the paradoxes we will find in the War against evil is that some of the seemingly “less important” or “weaker” people from a human and worldly perspective may have the most important roles in this war. This is similar to the story in The Lord of the Rings. Frodo, the humble hobbit who was part of the weakest race, was the chosen ring bearer. All middle earth rallied behind the success of his specific assignment in the war. It took such a pure and humble heart to have a chance to resist the evil temptations of the ring. In our War, we all represent parts of the overall body. But “some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are really the most necessary.” (1 Cor. 12:22)

Just as Frodo’s fate was tied to the missions of his other companions, in our war “it makes no difference whether the [role] is … higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons.” (1 Cor. 12, Msg)

All of our missions also are intrinsically linked together in this War.  So “if one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.” (1 Cor. 12, Msg.)

“No matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are part of. I want you th think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self importance.” (1 Cor. 12, Msg.)

Peace in the Midst of Hard Circumstances

Like Paul, even though we are not yet home to our final destination of heaven, we have hope that even here on earth we can learn to “live happily whatever the circumstances.” (Phil. 4:11) As we give up control of our lives and trust in God’s purpose for us – even during seasons of pain and drudgery – we learn that we can experience peace and rest from the Holy Spirit in the midst of difficult circumstances. As stated by Oswald Chambers, “The things that happen do not happen by chance – they happen entirely by the decree of God. God is sovereignly working out his own purposes… If we have a purpose of our own, it destroys the simplicity and the calm, relaxed pace which should be characteristic of the children of God.” (Oswald Chambers, Aug. 5) So this war does not have to feel hopeless during our trials and tribulations. In fact, we can rest in peace knowing that our loving God is in control.

We are here for an important mission – God’s mission for us – and the Band of Brothers will not miss out! After all the battles are fought and all of our assignments, both big and small, are completed – all of us long to hear, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”

Humility vs. Pride

“Humility precedes honor.” (Prov. 15:33; 18:12)

“The Lord despises pride.” (Prov. 16:5)

“Pride ends in humiliation, while humility brings honor.” (Prov. 29:23)

“Pride goes before destruction.” (Prov. 16:18)

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in His good time He will honor you.” (1 Pet. 5:6)

“The greatest curse in our spiritual life is pride.” (Oswald, My Utmost, Jan. 12)

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