Jesus says in Matthew 5:3 (AMP), “Blessed…are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven!”
Let’s face it: humility isn’t a very popular word. Yet, all throughout the Bible, the Lord instructs us about the benefits of being “humble-minded.”
I love James 4:6. It says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (ESV). In other words, the humble get the help!
I believe humility is often misunderstood and even viewed as a weakness. But it’s the exact opposite. Humility places us in a position to receive God’s grace and become everything He’s called us to be.
A humble person is also a happy person. They can take joy in their life and what God has called them to do, regardless of what the world thinks about it.
For instance, you may think your current circumstances and responsibilities from God are mundane. The proud person always wants to do something they think the world will admire…something others see as “important.” But the truth is we don’t have to do something important to be important.
We are important because God loves and values us. Our worth comes from Him. As we receive His love and find our true worth in Him, then we can truly enjoy our purpose in life and live in contentment.
So many people are miserable, constantly comparing themselves to others who are smarter, prettier, or more successful. But the “poor in spirit” have the ability to be happy with who they are.
My husband, Dave, is a perfect example. Years ago, the Lord instructed him to leave his job in the engineering field to help establish Joyce Meyer Ministries.
At that time, God spoke to his heart and said, “If you do what I am calling you to do…and allow Joyce to do what I’ve called her to do, then you will have a lot of peace and happiness.”
Dave is an extremely vital part of this ministry. We are a team, and he oversees all of the business and financial aspects of the organization. However, it takes a truly humble man – a man who is secure and knows that God approves of him – to be okay with his wife being the one “out front.”
I can honestly say that Dave is one of the happiest people I know. He knows what God has asked him to do…and he is doing it with joy.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post