One of my favorite churches ministers to homeless people. Each week the church bulletin lists prayer requests of the cities’ disenfranchised citizens. They are the humblest of prayers, asking only for necessities. Under their own steam, little good comes by their way of handling life.
In sharp contrast when driving through suburbs with beautiful estates among rolling hills and meadows, I often comment, “With such beauty, these people don’t even know they need God.” Obviously, I make my comment with tongue in cheek.
I too have comforts, education, and wonderful relationships beyond my wildest dreams.
The temptation is to believe I am responsible for my good fortune in life. After all, I work hard, attempt to make good decisions, and my brain is in my body.
The truth is it all comes from God. Nothing good comes my way without God’s nod of blessing. More importantly, as a disciple of Jesus, when I think on what He did for me on the cross, my dominant reaction can only be humility.
What does humility have to do with church?
I follow Christ who humbled himself, taking the form of man and dying on a cross.
I think of Paul the Apostle as he reminds believers to be “one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”
Paul is on a roll. He believes so intensely in the importance of humility that he breaks out in song, citing one of the earliest of Christian hymns:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And, being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!
Church unity and warm fellowship will not happen through the brilliance of its leaders.
It can only become a reality when the church turns back to the cross. It can only happen when each Christ follower is willing to stoop in humility, lift up Jesus’ cross, and move forward to die once again to self.
Let’s allow Jesus to do it His way. It is His church. By humility in personal opinions and service, I contribute to the health of Jesus body.
It is a church humbled by the cross event that will catch the eye and the heart of its community.
Cross Church member wears the cross deep inside the hearts.
Gary J. Sorrells on Cross Church