The Messenger

Our Weekly Bulletin

May 29, 2024
Volume XXXXIV –Number 21

It is hard to believe that we are about to be in the month of June. June brings about a month full of activity here at Centerville. Vacation Bible School, Camp Meribah, our Annual Gospel Meeting coming in August, and many other things for you to be a part of. With June approaching, we also move on with our theme for the year. While May was focused on Good Works and serving others, we move now to humility. While we might not think of humility as a good work, it may very well be the cornerstone to any good works we may do.

You would be hard pressed to find a characteristic valued more in Scripture than humility. Our English word “humility” comes from a Greek word that means “low lying” or “of low estate.” It is sometimes translated as “lowliness.” Lowliness is a metaphor for one’s attitude of heart or disposition. It is the opposite of ego, pride, and high-mindedness. Most sins and many broken relationships can be traced back to pride. In the beginning, it was pride that led Adam to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and it was conceit and arrogance that led to the condemnation of devil (1 Tim. 3:6).

But while pride is always punished in Scripture, humility is always rewarded. The humble will be exalted and the proud will be brought low (Jas. 4:6; 1 Pet. 5:5). The first are last and the last are first in the kingdom (Mt. 20:1-16). Self-awareness of one’s spiritual poverty before God makes one fit for the kingdom. This lowliness of spirit does not refer to what one “has” physically, but what one “is”. The realization that without God we are nothing is the soil in which the seed of the kingdom grows. As someone once said; “Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right”.

The Apostle Paul said in 1 Timothy 4:7-8, “Train yourself in godliness, for, while physical training is of some value, godliness is valuable in every way, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” We must train ourselves to be humble to God, humble to His word, humble toward ourselves, and humble toward one another. God Bless -Todd

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