That is something I do not have! At the same time, the more I study the life of my Savior and this most unusual servant Paul, the more I want humility as the character quality that was woven through the fabric of my being. With Jesus, that was His nature (see Philippians 2:8). With Saul, it took divine intervention to bring a very proud man down to his knees in blindness before humility started to be developed in his life.
One of his most beautiful expressions of humility is in the section where Paul is seeking to convince the Corinthians of the resurrection. Jesus was seen by Peter, James, the twelve apostles, and five hundred brethren at one time after the resurrection. Then Paul adds this fact about himself:
“Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God” (1 Corinthians 15:7–9).
Here we see the genuine humility of a man who wrote more of the New Testament than anyone else, who received what he taught by divine revelation, planted more churches than any other apostle, and cast more vision for what the Church should look like than anyone in history. Yet he places himself at the bottom of the list of Apostles – then says he is not worthy to be there.
This should deeply challenge our hearts! This quality of humility has been sadly overlooked in the Church, and the lack of it has hindered the power of the Spirit from accomplishing God’s plan. Will you kneel with me in repentance for not making this a character quality in our lives as we should?
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