“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat. 18:4)
Humility does not come automatically.
We must determine to obtain this principle. We must humble ourselves and become obedient. In First Peter chapter five and verse six the Bible tells us,
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” (1Peter 5:6)
To “humble ourselves” is something that God requires of us before we can go on and really obtain the deeper principles of God. In other words, we must first have a proper self-image of who we are in Christ.
The true self-image is in realizing that there is none worthy. There are not any of us here who are worthy of what God did for us beginning from salvation up to every other blessing that we have received.
There is none worthy, but God thought we were of great worth.
This puts all of the grace, all of the mercy, all the unmerited favor in the hands of God to give.
An old sentimental object you might have around your home may not mean anything to anyone else, but it means everything to you.
That’s the way we are in God’s eyes.
He thought we were of such great worth that he sacrificed His only Son. Seeing His Son in anguish and torment, He watched as Jesus died in agony on the cross. He was separated from His only Son in order that we might receive everlasting life.
This is the goodness of God and his attitude toward us.
We need to have a proper self-image of who we are in Christ.
Psalms chapter 51 verse 10 tells us,
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10)
This is the cry of every individual who first comes to Christ. We have to come to Christ in humility and confession of sins, asking for His forgiveness and salvation.
The Lord says that if we will come to Him with this attitude He will create a clean heart and renew a right spirit within us. God has created a clean heart in you and me.
We have been born again.
In Isaiah chapter 65 and verse 18 the Scripture goes on to say,
“But be ye glad and rejoice forever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” (Isaiah 65:18)
Here God is talking about creating Jerusalem a rejoicing, but we know Jerusalem is symbolic of Mt. Zion, and Mt. Zion is always symbolic of the church.
This verse of Scripture is prophetically speaking about the Church and individual salvation.
The Lord here is really saying “be glad forever in that which I create” and what He has created is our new heart.
Jesus in the Gospel of John chapter 15 verse 11 says,
“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” (John 15:11)
Jesus said that “my joy might remain in you”.
What is God’s joy? What makes God happy? What makes God hilarious?
In Zephaniah chapter three and verse 17 we have the answer,
“The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.” (Zeph. 3:17)
God’s joy is in us.
He said to let His joy be in us that our joy might be full. God wants us to rejoice in our salvation.
Jesus sent forth the 70 disciples and they came back rejoicing that even the demons were subject unto His name. In Luke chapter ten and verse 20 Jesus said,
“Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20)
He has commanded us to rejoice that our names are written in heaven.
You are not just an “anybody” but you are a “somebody” in the eyes of God. You are not someone just barely scraping by, hoping that you can somehow manage to get through life until finally you can enter into Heaven where there are streets of gold and gates of Pearl.
You are somebody right now in the eyes of God.
He is rejoicing over you now as we are sitting spiritually at the feet of the Holy Ghost and learning of God. I believe God is hovering over us and rejoicing in us. God is literally singing over us here as we are gathered together in His Word.
Romans chapter eight verse one tells us,
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Rom. 8:1)
There is now no condemnation.
We are not here because we are walking after the flesh. This is the last place we would want to be, in a seminar with deeper life principles, if we were walking after the flesh.
We are here because we are walking after the Spirit; therefore the Lord says there is no condemnation.
If we have been born again, our sins washed clean white as snow, our names penned in the Lamb’s book of life, and we are walking after the Spirit, then according to His Word there is not anyone here who is in condemnation before God.
If so, then we are prime candidates to sit at the feet of the Holy Spirit and learn of God.
There is not a single person here that God wants to withhold anything from. There is not a single person here that God would say to them, “You are not worthy.”
There is not a single person here that God would say to them, “You are too ignorant, you are too unlearned, or you have too little understanding.”
No, God would tell each of us that if we are hungry for the meat of the Word, if we desire the meat of the Word, then we shall receive the meat of the Word.
This is the proper self-image we should have before God, that we are nothing in ourselves.
God did it all.
He created a new heart in us. He gave us a repentant heart. He gave us his righteousness. He is the one rejoicing over us and we are to walk in that.
There is no false pride in that. There is no spiritual pride in that, because we are rejoicing in God.