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Humility - Part 1 (1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
I have in my hand a little clipping from a mission magazine, in which a famous missionary of bygone days sums up the type of men and women needed in missionary work.
"In encouraging young people to come as missionaries, use the greatest caution. One strong-headed, obstinate man would ruin us. Humble, quiet, persevering men and women of decent accomplishments and some natural aptitude to acquire a language; men and women of amiable, yielding temper, willing to take the lowest place, to be least of all and the servant of all; men and women who enjoy much `closet religion', who live near to God and are willing to suffer all things for Christ's sake without being proud of it---these are the men and women we need."
People willing to take the lowest place, willing to be least of all and servant of all, men and women who enjoy much closet religion, willing to suffer all things for Christ's sake without being proud of it---these are the men and women we need--today!
HUMILITY is at the ROOT of all the other spiritual graces.
In Matthew 11:29, Jesus Christ says, "Learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart." That is a tremendous statement, isn't it? This is the most difficult lesson for us to learn.
We are not BORN humble. Look at a little child when other children come around and want to play with its toys. It has more than enough, but it will drop the toy it has to keep the others from having a different toy. We are BORN selfish. There is one of the great evidences of the fall of human nature. We are sinners. We have a sinful NATURE. Our children are born into this world in sin. Everyone recognizes that fact, except the cynical and rebellious against God and the abandoned soul.
This is a difficult lesson. Jesus says, "Learn of Me." Learn what? Learn meekness and lowliness OF HEART. We are not born humble. We are born selfish. It is something we have to LEARN. We do not often see a person fol ...
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