When we declare that we belong to Christ, the expectation is that we start behaving like Him. Here is a good universal prayer for everyone, from the new believer to the Biblical scholar:
"Show me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God, my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long." (Psalm 25:4-5)
HAVING A TEACHABLE SPIRIT
In order to have a teachable spirit, we must realize that we need to be taught. This scripture helps us realize that no matter how much we know, and no matter how pious our spiritual lives, there is an infinite gap between our ways and God’s ways:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:8-9)
We must stay teachable and never think we have "arrived" at a place where we don’t need to be taught by Christ.
EMBRACING GOD'S TEACHINGS WITH A HUMBLE HEART
As Christ-followers, our spiritual journey is an ever-evolving path of growth and learning. This journey is beautifully encapsulated in James 4:6, which says, "God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble." This scripture reminds us of the importance of humility in our walk with God. It's not about reaching a state of perfect knowledge or spiritual enlightenment but rather continually seeking God's guidance and wisdom with a humble and teachable heart.
THE ESSENCE OF HUMILITY
The essence of a humble heart lies in recognizing our own limitations and the boundless nature of God's wisdom. Our understanding and knowledge, no matter how profound, are minuscule compared to the vast wisdom of God. In Romans 11:33, Paul exclaims, "Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!" This passage calls us to marvel at the incomprehensible wisdom of God, encouraging us to always remain students of His word and His ways.
HUMILITY IS DIFFERENT FOR DIFFERENT PEOPLE
We are not able to effectively judge each other’s humility or teachability.
Humility in our spiritual journey involves respecting the individuality of each believer's path. The diversity of our experiences and understandings enriches the body of Christ. We are reminded in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink." This scripture teaches us that diversity within the body of Christ is not only natural but necessary for the growth and edification of the church.
BEING OPEN TO CORRECTION
Being open to correction and new understanding is also crucial in our walk with God. Proverbs 19:20 advises, “Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end, you will be counted among the wise.” This verse emphasizes the value of accepting guidance and correction, viewing them as stepping stones to greater wisdom and spiritual maturity.
HUMILITY IS ESSENTIAL
In order for even the most learned among us to stay humble, it is critical to realize that God is so far above us in our behavior and mindset, and no matter how Christ-like we become, we always need to stay humble and teachable. As scripture states: “In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” (1 Peter 5:5)
Let us always seek to walk humbly with our God, as Micah 6:8 urges us, “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” By embracing humility, we open our hearts to the endless lessons God has in store for us, growing ever closer to Him and becoming more like Christ in our thoughts, words, and deeds. Let our daily prayer be one of surrender and willingness to learn from our Heavenly Father, trusting in His perfect wisdom and guidance.
Your aspiring servant, Daniel M.
November 13, 2023
POSTSCRIPT: Dear friends, if this daily, transparent “Conversations with Christ” blesses you, please go to www.SOLIDpastors.org, where you will find these posted, and a repository of all, in English and Spanish. Note: All scriptures quoted are from the NIV.
If you ever want to chat, you can reach me at Daniel@SOLIDpastors.org. May Christ bless you richly as you have your own intimate, daily conversations with Christ.