One of the most counterintuitive parts of the Christian life — and there are many — is the fact that we’re called to live lives of humility: honest, open, vulnerable, countercultural lives of humility.
I mean, if we really believe this Jesus stuff, then we believe that:
- God made us a perfect world and we screwed it up.
- We can’t clean up the mess we’ve made on our own.
- The Son of God had to die in order to get us back.
- We still fight God tooth and nail for control of our lives.
Talk about humbling! In all honesty, the Christian life isn’t really about trying really hard to be lowly and humble: it’s actually all about slowly realizing just how low we really are! And that takes courage! Humility requires honesty, and honesty requires courage.
How can we grow in this?
One of the ways that we can practice courageous humility is to surrender our plans to God. Present your life goals, plans, ideas, and future to Him, and let Him be the one who sits in the driver’s seat.
If I’m honest, this is what I usually do: I make plans without even consulting God. Then I pray and ask God to bless my plans, which I didn’t even ask Him to be a part of. I assume that my plans are His will. Then, when my plans don’t happen on my timetable or don't happen at all, I get mad at God.
There’s a word for this type of behavior: PRIDE. The opposite of humility.
Romans 6:13 says, “Give yourselves to God, as those who have been brought from death to life, and surrender your whole being to him to be used for righteous purposes.”
What does it look like to consult God on your life plans? It can look like a lot of things, but I think it starts with actually asking Him. Seriously. In prayer, while alone with God, actually ask: “Lord, I’m thinking of doing _______. What do you think?”
Usually the answer is crystal clear: I just needed to quiet my heart and mind long enough in His presence to think clearly. Other times, I hear nothing at all, and God speaks to me in other ways: like in wise counsel from godly friends, or in my Bible reading that week, or in a prompting in my heart. God speaks to us! We just have to be humble enough to listen.
Try it. Actually ask God what He thinks about your life choices. And then be willing to listen. When we do, we’re practicing courageous humility, and we’re running away from pride. And James 4:6-7 tells us this is a good idea: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble. Submit yourselves, then, to God.”
On April 22, 2016, a little over three years ago, the Meadows Kids Building burned down. It was startling and devastating.
But, we rallied together as a church, made some tough adjustments, and after a grueling year, we got our dream building built in its place, far surpassing our expectations. We just filled it with over 100 kids yesterday for Easter Sunday!
Here’s to a flexible congregation, an amazing group of leaders, and a God who is always in the redemption business.
“He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.” Isaiah 61:3 NLT
UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES:
Saturday, April 27: Men's Breakfast
Join the Men's Ministry for an awesome morning of food, fellowship, worship, and the Word, brought this month by our very own Alan Ray! This Saturday, starting at 8 AM.
Saturday, April 27: Calvary Downtown Outreach
Looking to serve the Las Vegas valley in a pracital and hands-on way? Join the CDO crew as they serve food and preach the Gospel to the homeless and downtrodden of Las Vegas. It's simple, easy, and effective! Click here for info.
Sunday, May 19: Grad Banquet
Our annual Grad Banquet is right around the corner! We want to honor all graduates: from Jr. High, High School, College, trade or technical school. It’s a Meadows favorite!
WHERE: Texas Station Banquet Hall
WHEN: Sunday, May 19, 5 PM
HOW MUCH: Graduates (plus a date) come for free! All else, $35 per person.
Click here if you’re a GRAD.
Click here to purchase tickets.
This Sunday is a Celebration Sunday! You know what that means: baptisms, baby dedications, Communion, and then TACOS. What a day!
Join us as we celebrate as a family, worship as a family, and eat as a family. Looking forward to seeing you all on the walkway!