September 14

Proverbs 25-27

In our reading today we have a proverb about humility similar the the parable that Jesus cited during his ministry concerning humility. In Proverbs 25:6, 7 the writer says: “Do not exalt yourself in the king’s presence, and do not claim a place among his great men; 25:7 it is better for him to say to you, “Come up here,” than for him to humiliate you before his nobles. What you have seen with your eyes.” In the parable that Jesus told He gave the same advice, sit at the lower levels and than you can be invited upward rather sit in the higher levels and be forced to take a lower seat (Luke 14:7-11). Jesus went on to say that the individual who exalts himself will be brought lower and the person who humbles himself will be exalted.

2 Corinthians 6

In our reading today I can’t get by the first verse. 2 Corinthians 6:1 “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.” After salvation God requires that we work with Him and he gives us the grace, the empowerment to obey Him. Whatever God has called us to do he will also provide the grace, the empowerment to fulfill it. In his first letter to the Corinthians Paul touched on this very thing. In 1 Corinthians 15:10 paul wrote:  “But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.” Any one reading the book of Acts is astounded by the “I refuse to quit” attitude of a man who physically suffered so much in his ministry. He was called to be the Apostle of the Gentiles and he wrote almost half of the New Testament, and the only way he could have been successful is because of the grace, the empowerment of God. And that is the only way we are going to be successful in what God has called us to do, rely on the grace of God. 

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