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"Christian Fathers: Succeed With Humility"


The Bible gives four Christian character traits that can build a lasting legacy for the Lord. The fourth is to succeed with humility.


Colossians 3:21 says, "...as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." "Humility" (tapeinophrosume) as it is used here means to have the correct estimate of ourselves. This involves the confession of sin and deep realization of our unworthiness to receive God's grace. James 4:10 says, Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up."


A Christian father knows that ultimately what matters is what God thinks about him. The Holy Spirit has illuminated the truths of Proverbs 15:33 deep within his heart, "The fear of the Lord teaches man that wisdom and humility come before honor." He knows that if he serves the Lord with His God given talents, abilities and Holy Spirit given gifts, the Lord will lift him to the place in life where God wants him to be. He knows the truth of 1 Peter 5:6, "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time."


In order for a tree to grow upward and withstand the storms that are thrown at it, it must strike down deep roots. So it is with the Christian father. To be exalted he must have his mind and heart rooted deeply in a spirit of humility totally dependent on the Providence of God in every part of his life.


Glad Tidings ran a story of Doctor James Simpson, the man who discovered that chloroform could be used to render people insensible to the pain of surgery. This discovery made it possible for people in the late 1800's and many years beyond to go through operations without pain and suffering during the procedure. Once during a lecture at the University of Edinburgh, Dr Simpson was asked, "What do you consider to be the most valuable discovery of your lifetime?" To the surprise of the students, Dr. Simpson's answer was not "chloroform." He said, "My most valuable discovery was when I discovered myself a sinner and Jesus Christ as my Savior."



Fathers, Live a Life of Humility!

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