A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the … More What are the true tests of Christian greatness?
The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. —Matthew 23:11-12 ESV J. C. Ryle comments: The example of our blessed Lord, the direct command of the apostolic Epistles, both alike require us to be “clothed with humility.” (1 Peter 5:5.) Let us … More Seek this blessed grace day by day
Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and those who see may become blind.”Some of the Pharisees near him heard these things, and said to him, “Are we also blind?” Jesus said to them, “If you were blind, you would have no guilt; but now that you … More Are we also blind?
John Piper, in a sermon, “Are You Humble Enough to Be Care-free?” Did you notice (in the NASB) the grammatical connection between [1Peter] verses 6 and 7? “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares … More Piper: “undue worry about your future is probably a form of pride.”
The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom, and humility comes before honor. —Proverbs 15:33 C.H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening: When a man is sincerely humble, and never ventures to touch so much as a grain of the praise, there is scarcely any limit to what God will do for him. Humility makes us … More Spurgeon: a sauce with which you may season every dish of life
John Piper, in a sermon on Luke 18 “Let the Children Come to Me” In verse 15 there were parents bringing their infants to Jesus. The disciples rebuke them. Jesus rejects this rebuke and encourages the parents to bring their children to him. Then, as if to warn the disciples, he says, “Whoever does not … More Humility and Your Ability to Minister to Children
Pastor Steven J. Cole of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship comments on Ezra 9: Because we are so desensitized toward sin, we fail to have the proper response toward it, whether it is our own sin, or sin in others. We minimize it, justify it, or ignore it and go on our way unaffected by it. If … More How a person reacts to the news of sin tells a lot about that person.
John Piper comments on Daniel 4:28-37 This is a story about a king, with a lesson for kings and presidents just as valid today as it was 25 centuries ago. But it’s also a story about every one of us. One way or the other we must learn this lesson or we will perish. And … More The Pathway from Pride of Self to Praise of God
Ezekiel 15:1 And the word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, how does the wood of the vine surpass any wood, the vine branch that is among the trees of the forest? 3 Is wood taken from it to make anything? Do people take a peg from it to hang any vessel on it? 4 Behold, it is given to … More Mightily mistaken?
John Piper, in a sermon, “Are You Humble Enough to Be Care-free?” Did you notice (in the NASB) the grammatical connection between [1Peter] verses 6 and 7? “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares … More Are You Humble Enough to Be Care-Free?