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Humility for Breakfast
27 August 2009, 8:57 am
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Some may have read C. J. Mahaney’s Humility.

Humility - C. J. Mahaney

It is a fantastic book with biblical insights and practical advice on how we as God’s people ought to pursue humility.

Each morning before I go to work, I read my Bible over breakfast. This week, I’ve also been reading through Andrew Murray’s Humility. Andrew Murray was a Dutch Reformed pastor in South Africa during the nienteenth century. In his fifties, however, a mysterious throat ailment rendered him virtually voiceless for two years. It was this time that Murray used to write many of his books.

Andrew Murray

I have found both these books on humility extremely challenging. They have both shown me the truth in Jesus’ words that “the greatest among you will be a servant”. There’s much more that could be said, but I just wanted to share a little bit of what I read this morning.

To how many of us has it not been a new joy in the Christian life to know that we may yield ourselves as servants, as slaves to God, and to find that his service is our highest liberty – the liberty from sin and self? We need now to learn another lesson – that Jesus calls us to be servants of one another, and that this service…will be a most blessed one, a new and fuller liberty from sin and self. At first it may appear hard: this is only because of the pride which still counts itself something. If once we learn that to be nothing before God is the glory of the creature, the spirit of Jesus, the joy of heaven – we shall welcome with our whole heart the discipline we may have in serving even those who try or vex us…Brethren, here is the path to the higher life. Down, lower down!…Seek not, ask not for exaltation; that is God’s work. Look to it that you abase and humble yourselves, and take no place before God or man but that of a servant; that is your work; let that be your one purpose and prayer.

Is humility your one purpose and prayer?


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“Seek not, ask not for exaltation; that is God’s work.” This quote has been going round and round my head since I read it. Awesome.

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