Saturday, August 28, 2010

Humility Opens Doors - (Why the Meek Shall Inherit the Earth)

Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio“Nice guys finish last,” says the world.   “The last will be first,” replies Jesus.

My guess is that the Lord of creation knows best who really wins in the end.  And he says “whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Gospel of Luke 14:11).

To understand why the humble get ahead and why the meek shall inherit the earth, we need to be sure that we understand what humility and meekness really are. 
Humility does not mean looking down on oneself or thinking ill of oneself.  It really means not thinking of oneself very much at all.
The humble are free to forget themselves because they are secure.  They accept the fact that, as creatures, they are small, vulnerable, and not ultimately in control.  But they know there is a Creator who is great, omnipotent, and totally in control.  And they know that they’ve been made in the image and likeness of that Creator.  That makes gives them a dignity that they don’t have to earn and can never be taken away.  Though they’ve tarnished the divine likeness through sin, they know that the Creator came down from the heights of heaven to become human and fix what they couldn’t fix...

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