By Undre Griggs, Jr
Christians are expected to have many honorable traits, but one of the greatest traits of any Christian is humility. While overlooked by many, humility is necessary to build a foundation with Christ as the Chief Cornerstone. Humility affords you the ability to learn through correction. It affords you the ability to repent when you are doing wrong in the eyes of the Lord.
If you do not have humility, how can you...
Matthew 18:32-33: Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’
Admit when you are wrong and handle correction?
Proverbs 15:32: Whoever ignores instruction despises himself, but he who listens to reproof gains intelligence.
Proverbs 12:1: Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.
Convert the lost?
Philippians 2:3-8: Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Most importantly, if you do not have humility, how can you be baptized and ask Christ to forgive you of your sin?
By Undre Griggs, Jr
We are fortunate to have Jehovah as our heavenly Father. We are blessed to have a heavenly Father who loves us enough to sacrifice His only begotten Son. We prosper because we have a Father God who loves us enough to correct us with the Bible. Earthly fathers benefit by having the example and pattern of the heavenly Father.
2 Timothy 3:16 -17 (NKJV): All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Ephesians 4:32 (NKJV): Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
John 13:34-35 (NKJV): A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
Hebrews 12:5-7 (NKJV): And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?
Every good and perfect gift comes from God (James 1:17). If you want to be the perfect gift for your family, your church, and your community; follow the word of God. Strive for perfection in all you do (Matthew 5:48) and do all things in love (1 Corinthians 16:14).
Ephesians 5:25-26 (NKJV): Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.
By Undre Griggs, Jr
Your willingness to continue to endure the hate and mistreatment of the world is you proclaiming there is something greater than you. If you were only doing what was best for you; you would stop offering assistance, stop offering advice, and stop proclaiming the gospel. You are expected to rejoice in your suffering (James 1:2-4); much like the Apostle Paul and Silas singing while they were imprisoned (Acts 16:25). You are to look at all suffering as a small price to pay when compared against the glory of God (Romans 8:18). While it may seem like you are suffering for an exorbitant amount of time, remember that your life is short compared to an eternity. Remember that your life is but a vapor, here today and gone tomorrow (James 4:14).
1 Peter 5:10 (ESV): And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.
Remember, every time you suffer, every time you are hated, every time you are ridiculed for Christ; Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish (Greek word for: lay the foundation, grounded) you. Recall the Bible passages on Joseph and how he was sold into slavery (Genesis 37:18-36) or the passage about Job losing his wealth, health, and family (Job 1:13-20). Their suffering while great by any standard, was but for only a short time. God restored them to greater status than they originally obtained, and He used their suffering to grow His kingdom. When, like Joseph, you forgive even when you have the power and right (by the standards of the world) to do otherwise: it is a glory to God. When, like Job, you show humility and trust while you are suffering: can it be attributed to anything but God? Continue to do right when everyone else would not; and do not worry about the cost. Christ will restore you in this life or the next.
By Undre Griggs, Jr
Parents often tell their children to plan ahead and they try to encourage them. You often see adults asking children what they want to be when they grow up. In business, it is understood that goals and a vision need to be written down with a plan of action. As the old saying goes, if you don’t write it down, you don’t have a goal, only a dream. What about your soul? Do you continually keep God in the front your plans? Do you plan to give the glory to God once success is achieved? Is it wrong to plan for your success? Some consider planning and goal setting as a sign of a “lack of faith”, but that is not consistent with the Bible.
The Bible encourages you to plan and set goals:
Luke 14:28-31 (NKJV): For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand?
It is wise to have a goal in mind:
Proverbs 13:16 (NKJV): Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to others when planning:
Proverbs 15:22 (NKJV): Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established.
Plan your goals carefully and deliberately, not in haste:
Proverbs 21:5 (NKJV): The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.
Goals must include submission to God:
James 4:15-16 (NKJV): Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.” But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.