Character Quality: Humility

Character Quality: Humility  Join in and download your {free} coloring page.  www.HisSunflower.com by Rachael Carman

Character Quality: Humility

He must have seemed like a crazy man.
Bold.
Courageous.
Radical.
Strange.
 
Dressed in goat’s skin, fingers sticky with honey, he stood preaching a message of repentance to the growing crowds. They journeyed out into the desert to listen to the message their hearts longed to hear. He didn’t disappoint. Like the Old Testament prophets, “Repent!” he pleaded.
 
Quoting from Isaiah he cried out,
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness,
‘Make ready the way of the Lord,
Make His paths straight.
‘Every ravine will be filled,
And every mountain and hill will be brought low;
The crooked will become straight,
And the rough roads smooth;
And all flesh will see the salvation of God.’”
 
John preached water baptism for the forgiveness of sin. Encouraging them to ‘bear fruit’ and warning them against taking bribes. They asked him if he was the Christ. He had disciples. Those who came to listen acknowledged him as a great leader.
 
Today this would translate into thousands of Facebook likes. He would have crashed Twitter more than once and his feed would have been trending regularly. Instagram would barely have been able to keep up with all of his followers. His YouTube channel would have consistently rated in the top ten, with several individual posts having gone viral. His Pinterest account was exploding.
 
John had it going on. But John knew it wasn’t about him. He knew it was all about Jesus. He knew his job: to cut a path, point the way, prepare the people, and ultimately, to step aside.
 
He had every opportunity to accept their accolades, their admiration, their allegiance. He could have chosen himself over his role as servant, but he didn’t. John never forgot his position as a tool in the hand of the Master. In his most poignant statement he summed up his objective and laid out a challenge for every minister of the gospel: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3.30)
 
Oh may this be our focus as husbands and wives, as mothers and fathers, as brothers and sisters, as friends and neighbors. May we ever strive to make everything more about Him and His glory and His kingdom and less about us, our egos, and our agendas. May we determine to live in the light of His majesty and stop trying to step into the world’s spotlight. May we live humble lives before a Holy, Mighty God.
 
 

{Simply click the image below to download your free Character Quality: Humility coloring page.}

Character Quality: Humility  Join in and download your {free} coloring page.  www.HisSunflower.com by Rachael Carman

Rachael Carman on FacebookRachael Carman on InstagramRachael Carman on Twitter
Rachael Carman
I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. I’m an author and speaker and I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.

I’m so glad you’re here.
Posted on: May 31, 2014, by : Rachael Carman