14 OCTOBER 365 Days with Calvin

Honoring God with Humility

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. Ephesians 3:8

suggested further reading: Romans 12

Paul’s example warns us that the more someone is exalted by God’s hand, the more he should humble himself. Truly, even those who are most backward have reason enough to magnify God’s goodness for his calling them into his church. For what a wonderful thing it is for us to be reckoned as God’s children, heirs of his kingdom, and members of our Lord Jesus Christ to be partakers of the glory into which he is entered (Luke 24:26)!

The Christian who is supposedly inferior to others, is a nobody and a fool, and is contemptible in this world’s eyes, is nevertheless adopted by God into the number of his children to be part of the body of our Lord Jesus Christ. Even the least of us has enough to glorify God’s grace. Those who have advanced to any degree of honor then have less of an excuse if they do not honor God for what he has bestowed upon them above others.

For example, if a person has knowledge and grace to use in serving the church, he becomes doubly guilty if he does not acknowledge that he is even more indebted to God for these abilities. Also, those who by their strength or skill are able to do more than poor folk who have nothing more than what they need to look after themselves, ought to humble themselves before God and to stoop in such a way that there is no presumption or pride in them to puff them up.

In short, just as every person has received grace through God’s goodness, so every person’s aim always ought to be to honor God. We should confess that we are more indebted and bound to him because he has dealt so liberally with us.

for meditation: Remembering that those who have been doubly gifted are doubly indebted to God is an excellent way to foster humility. Paul was greatly gifted by God and could easily have been consumed with pride. Yet he remembered where the gifts had come from and remained humble. We ought to do the same.[1]

 

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 306). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

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