Vintage message from June 8, 1997.
What do you think humility is? Seeing yourself as God sees you. Knowing what it is that God has called you to. Understanding the direction that God is leading you on and going in that direction. Do you realize that that is the most humble thing in life you can do? Know the direction that God is leading you, and you actually go that direction…
As you’re doing God’s will, you can do it very boldly. You can do it very forcefully. And you can have great confidence when you step out to share God’s Word….That’s humility: knowing what God had called you to, knowing how God sees you, and living how God wants you to live. And that, let me tell you, is not timid, quiet, passive lifestyle. He wants us to be active. He wants us to be bold. He wants us to be outgoing in sharing the love that He’s called us into…
Acts 20:22-24 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me —- the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.”
This is probably the greatest message I think I have ever heard Paul give. In reading through all…of Acts, in hearing what Paul has to say to the church leaders of Ephesus, what he’s sharing with them, how he’s encouraging them, these things he is saying, I believe have encouraged me to a lifestyle more than any of the other things that I’ve read in the Bible. As I look at these things, these are how I’ve tried to pattern my life…This is how I feel I should be living…We all need to be compelled by the Spirit. And you know what? This is what impresses me about Paul. Paul did not care about his life. He did not care that chains were waiting for him. He did not care that persecution was waiting for him. He did not care that prison and death were waiting for him. This is what made him so humble; was the fact that he knew that God was leading him to a specific place in life, and that specific place in life was his own death…Do we have that same intestinal fortitude? The same drive? The same character? Is that what’s in our heart and our mind?
How many of you even know what your task is? Think about that. What is your task in life?…What is that race that God has laid out for me, and am I willing to run it?