We need to humble self and our own way to pursue righteousness and His way.
“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4
“And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12
“And being found in appearance as a man, He (Jesus) humbled Himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10
I am concerned that today we have lost this message of being humble. We are encouraged to be self-actualized, have self-esteem, have self-confidence, be self-sufficient, believe “I can do it”, get what I want, be proud of what I have, ask what’s in it for me, be proud of who I am, etc. How do I compare that with being humble? Do I have a humble attitude? Who or what am I humbling myself to? Am I actually submitting to the worlds’ thoughts and ways?
As a follower of Christ, I should be actualized and fulfilled in Him, esteem Him highly and because I am His child be special in Him, have confidence in Him, be sufficient in Him, and ask how would you have me serve alongside You! It is not who I am or what I can do, it is who I am in Him and what He can do in me. To hunger and thirst after real righteousness, we must humble ourselves to true divine authority, our Heavenly Father.
People today seem to be offended by the word “obedience”. They seem to think of it as dictatorial, harsh, and oppressive. But, obedience to our Creator Heavenly Father is not this way at all!
We can see an example in reality with a good earthly father. Why does a father desire his children be obedient? It is because the father knows what is in the best interest of his child and will lead to a good life! The loving father does not desire obedience because he wants to dominate, abuse, oppress his children; but rather it is to lead and guide them. Obedience is not a curse, it is a blessing!
Another word often twisted to mislead is “freedom”. Today’s version of “freedom” means to “do whatever I want to do”. In truth, “freedom” means doing whatever the Heavenly Father says to do which will always lead to being free from sin. Sin is what keeps people in bondage. True freedom is through the blood of Jesus/Yeshua by the guidance of the Holy Spirit in keeping the Word of the Heavenly Father! Righteousness and obedience result in true freedom that really satisfies!
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6