Jessidith Allers - Rochedale, Queensland Convention - December 2006

Hymn 264

Last night when I looked at everyone coming in, I just thought, “These are God’s people, and I am one amongst them.” It was a wonderful thought. It is not in us, but it is in God that we are here. We sang those words, “Oft have our hearts strayed from the lowly place.” Those words have been in my mind since then. That hymn also says that “pride before destruction goes,” and that is why we want to be humble. We can’t make ourselves humble, and we can’t help ourselves being proud. That “I” goes too far in so many times. There was a group of people and I walked in, and nobody greeted me, and I found myself feeling hurt. It was just kind of general excitement, but that “I” rose up again. This “I” is in us, but it leads to destruction. That hymn says, “Deliver us from that which makes us strong in our own way.” We don’t want to be strong in our own way. Paul had a struggle with that. He had been strong, but there came a time when he was bowed right down to the ground, and he was saying, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” That is true humility.

Paul wrote in Colossians 2 about a voluntary humility, “Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. I have given you the best seed, but you pat yourself on the back and you say that you are humble, but that is not humility.” Jesus was the most lowly, humble person to walk on this earth, but he wasn’t trying to make a show of humility. If we make an outward show of humility, we are not being humble. Philippians 2 we read, “Let this mind be in which was also in Christ Jesus; who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” That was perfect humility. He humbled himself and became obedient unto the death on the cross.

Practice obedience to God. What I need is to see God as He really is. This is the vision God is trying to show us - God as the almighty one, giving forgiveness. The One who is planning the perfect way for each one of us. 1 Peter 5, “Likewise ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility; for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due season.” The mighty hand of God — I long to see the mighty hand of God. Our estimation of God is going to determine the place that we take, and if we see that God is great, then self is not in the picture at all.

Philippians 2, Paul said, “if there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” I asked myself the question, “How is it possible to esteem all others better than myself?” Jesus gave us the perfect example. He served. He was willing even to wash Judas’ feet. He esteemed Himself worthy even to serve. There is nobody that we shouldn’t be serving - that will put us in the lowly place. We should serve our brothers and sisters even if they are not what they should be, because they are ones that Jesus bought.

Deuteronomy 8 says, “And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these 40 years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou shouldest keep His commandments or no. And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.’” He put them into the wilderness to humble them and make them know that they were completely dependent on God. That is why we have our experiences, that we know what we depend on. “Blessed are the poor in spirit because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.” Blessed are those who are willing to say, “I need Thee. Please help me.” Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. We inherit the kingdom of Heaven - peace and joy and satisfaction, and the nearness of the great God in Heaven.

God is trying to teach us and give us the mind of Christ, and the new nature that says, “I need Thee.” We want to learn at His feet and we do not want to leave the lowly place. When the servant of Abraham found the bride for Isaac, he saw that God had led him to the right place, and it says that he bowed his head and worshipped the Lord. He was saying, “God is doing this.” May we be those in every circumstance be able to see God, and be those who bow and worship Him.