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Finding our place...
Written By Fred Gillett
"All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, 'God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'" -1 Peter 5:5
People aren't born with the knowledge that they will have when they reach maturity. A child is born with no fears, totally dependent, an inquiring mind, without prejudices, constantly watching and listening to the events around them, learning and seeking their place in the scheme of things.
When the disciples showed signs of having the wrong kind of pride, Jesus told them that, unless they got rid of all they had perceived about themselves and returned to the mind of a seeking child, they would not "enter the kingdom of heaven. " Jesus told Nicodemus, a learned man, a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews, the same thing: "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3b). Jesus made it clear that, to grow in the knowledge of our place in the kingdom of God, we must be willing to walk in childlike humility as we grow in His Word.
Our God is great. "Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable" (Psalm 145:3). Since we were created to know God, we have a yearning to find our place in His kingdom. There are other paths to being honored in this world, but the heavenly path is through childlike humility.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I have sought to be recognized by others, seeking approval and recognition. Lord, forgive me. Help me to live my life with a spirit of humility and thankfulness. Amen.
Devotion: What does it mean to you to live with childlike humility? How has that manifested itself in your life?
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"All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, 'God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'"
-1 Peter 5:5