Day 3 - Humility in the Church

WHAT’S GOD’S HEART FOR THE CHURCH?

Philippians 2:3-5: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves…”

Proverbs 22:4: “Humility is the fear of the Lord…”

When my wife and I and our four children returned to the U.S. after nearly a decade of ministry overseas, we landed in the middle of a divorce. Not our divorce, thankfully. Or so we thought.

Four months earlier, a wonderful spiritual family that had been my home church for years had fractured…split…and, yes, divorced. With front-page newspaper headlines, this flagship church’s ugly division had been announced to our entire community.

Night after night I found myself driving home, tears welling up from a day of trying to help people shell-shocked by the pain of this spiritual family split. People who had experienced divorce firsthand either as spouses or children commented over and over again how much this whole experience felt like the pain of their broken family.

Many local pastors told me that had they known the fallout this church’s split would have across the city they would never have stood quietly by watching it implode. It was just the beginning of what would be years of feeling the pain of our own spiritual family’s divorce.

That experience convinced me that there is not a church conflict that humility will not prevent or heal. Nor is there a church division where selfish ambition and vain conceit do not rule. It is precisely here that the cross of Christ is so vital for the unity of God’s people. We can’t take up our cross and hold onto our pride at the same time. One will exclude the other.

Living in humility will usually mean real suffering too. But it will be God-ordained suffering. If truly knowing Christ is the passion of our lives, then “the fellowship of His sufferings” will usually precede “the power of His resurrection” (Phil. 3:10).

REFLECTION:

1. If we take Christ’s call to humility to the level of our communities, what would it look like for my church to be more concerned with the interests of another church in my community? Pray today for another church in your area and some of the challenges facing them.

2. What family or church do you know struggling with division or disunity? Pray for them to find healing in embracing the mindset of Christ and the humility of the cross.

3. Who is God asking you to relate to with greater humility and less pride? Pray through Philippians 2:3-5 asking God to make this your heart and practice.

John Repsold Spokane, WA.

PLEASE SHARE WHAT GOD IS REVEALING TO YOU BELOW! REMEMBER TO SAY WHAT CITY YOU ARE FROM!

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