JULY 2004 CALENDAR ARTICLE
OUR THEME THIS YEAR:
Serving God with Humility and Love
“Humble Yourselves in the Sight of the Lord”
by Michael, Sandy, Christopher, Joseph, and Anthony Dorsey
A humble heart is a teachable heart. Scripture speaks of a past, present, and future aspect of salvation. We have been saved from the power of sin and we will be saved from the presence of sin. We find in James 1:21 an exhortation to unbelievers, urging them to receive the Word, which is able to redeem them. The phrase “save your souls“ carries the idea that the implanted Word has the ongoing power to continually save one’s soul. It’s a reference to the present and ongoing process of sanctification, which is nurtured by the Spirit-energized Word of God.
The Holy Spirit implanted the Word within us at the time of our salvation. It is the source of power and growth for our new life in Christ. Our responsibility is to receive it in purity and humility so it can do its sanctifying work.
“Humility” in James 1:21 could be translated “meekness,” “gentleness,” or “having a willing spirit,” but maybe we should use “teachability.” If our hearts are pure and humble, we will be teachable and will set aside all resentment, anger, and pride so we can learn God’s truth and apply it in our lives.
When Jesus said “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15), He was addressing this very issue. If you love Him, you will desire to obey Him and will receive His Word so you can know His will for our lives. As you receive the Word, the Holy Spirit empowers you to live according to its principles.
Paul said, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another. . . . And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:16-17). That’s the essence of a Biblical lifestyle and the fruit of receiving the Word in humility. May God bless you this year with a teachable spirit and an ever-increasing love for His truth. And thank God that when you come to Him in humility and contrition, He hears you and responds.
Yours truly in Christ,
Michael, Sandy, Christopher, Joseph, and Anthony Dorsey