96 Clothed

The twenty eighth secret to humility is being clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Roman 13:14

When we accept salvation as God’s gift, we receive Jesus into our hearts. Jesus still sits on His throne in Heaven, but He also lives in us by His Spirit. This is a great mystery of the Trinity. God gives us Jesus because God’s nature is to give. He wants Jesus to live in us! We may resist Jesus, but Jesus does not withhold Himself from us.

Jesus lives in us. We also live in Him. He holds us like clothing does. In clothing ourselves in Jesus, we choose Him over ourselves. We let go of the desires of the sinful nature and instead desire Jesus. We humbly acknowledge that what Jesus gives us is much better than what we could want apart from Him.

When we clothe ourselves with Jesus, we rankle (wrinkle) our sin natures. Our sin natures resist Jesus and his work in our lives. We need to choose Jesus over sin. When we choose Jesus, we clothe ourselves in Him.

In being clothed in Jesus, we take on His nature. We allow ourselves to be transformed into His likeness. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (I Corinthians 11:1) Being transformed into Christ’s image is a process. We imitate Christ. We often fail as we seek to imitate Him. We are far from perfect. When we choose to follow Jesus’ example, we get some idea of how far away from that example we are. Realizing this is humbling.

We humble ourselves as we find how much we are not like Christ and then choose to continue to seek and follow Him. In this life we will never get to the point that we can say that we are just like Him, but we still make our aim to be like Him. Being transformed into the likeness of Jesus is a process. We need to humble ourselves before Him and ask Him to transform us more and more into His image.

Being clothed,

Noah Woodrich

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95 Salvation

Another secret to finding humility is receiving the Savior’s free gift.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

We cannot save ourselves. We would like to think we could. We want to prove ourselves worthy of praise and approval. We seek to earn the praise and approval we so desperately desire. We strive to fill the deep emptiness in our souls with accomplishments. This simply does not work. We need to accept that Jesus has done for us what we are not able to do for ourselves. We need to accept His love, which fills the deep emptiness of our souls. We need to accept salvation as God’s free gift to us.

Salvation is God’s plan, but we resist it because we think we need to earn approval. (Romans 4:5) We need to let go of our old ways of thinking and instead accept God’s truth. We can hear God speaking to us through the Bible. The Bible says that we are sinners in need of salvation. We resist this message because we intend to prove ourselves worthy. We counter God’s truth with our own ideas, which are not actually true.

These ideas which we hold onto so dearly feel true. (Perhaps you have seen this in me by reading the e-letters.) We believed many of them for most of our lives. We learned them as small children. Our families and culture reinforce these ideas because our society in general believes them true. We live in a culture that rewards hard work. God’s Kingdom provides a very different paradigm—His pain, our gain. In God’s Kingdom, God does the work, and we reap the benefit. This may sound strange to some of you. The Bible clearly shows this as true. Some may question because what the world says seems truer than what God says. We need God to reveal truth to us in order for us to let go of the world’s ways of thinking.

We do have a role to play. (Philippians 2:12) We believe. We receive. We engage in disciplines. But God saves us, and He sanctifies us “according to His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). We cannot take credit for our salvation. In faith and humility we open ourselves to God, and He does the rest by saving us. We believe in God, not in ourselves. It’s like pedaling a bicycle verses walking it along. We rest in our salvation.

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. II Corinthians 6:2

Will we choose God’s way rather than our own?

Thankful for the ride,

Noah Woodrich

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94 The Right Fear

Number 26 secret to finding humility is the Right Fear.

You may wonder at this phrase, the Right Fear. The Bible tells us not to be afraid. However, fear does have an appropriate place. Consider Who deserves your fear. Turn your fear towards Him.

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you Whom you should fear: Fear Him Who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear Him. Luke 12:4-5

We need to trust God more than we fear Him. Yet, fearing God informs our trust in Him. When we fear God, we have some idea of how much we need to trust Him.

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:28-29

Since you call on a Father Who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. I Peter 1:17

The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor. Proverbs 15:33

If we think we know better than God what is good for us, we exhibit incredible amounts of pride. Adam and Eve thought that they knew better than God what would be good for them and so ate the fruit forbidden to them. They believed the one who lacked an appropriate fear of God and chose not to fear God themselves. Likewise, we lack fear of God when we choose our way instead of God’s.

In fear we humbly submit to God. He truly deserves our fear because He is awesome in majesty. He is all-knowing and all-powerful. Yet His awesome splendor, holiness and power can be scary. We can be reassured that He also loves us. To know how much He loves us, we also need to know how undeserving we are of His love.

Fear of God engages our hearts. We need more than right doctrine and thoughts about God. We need to experience the truth of what we believe. We recognize how awesome and mighty God is. We realize how sinful we have been. To allow this knowledge, this reality into our hearts leads us to fear God. Out of this fear, this deep sense of awe, can grow a deep and abiding trust in God. We become grateful when we acknowledge God’s mercy towards us as we realize what we deserve.

In C.S. Lewis’ book, The Silver Chair, Jill Pole found herself in the circumstance of being incredibly thirsty. She went in search of a stream which she had heard. But terror struck her to the core when she saw next to the stream the immense Lion Who had blown her friend away. Pushing through her fear, she decided to trust this Lion, Aslan, enough to take a drink. The water was incredibly sweet.

Finding the Right Fear,

Noah Woodrich

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93 Rest

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Secret number 25 to finding humility is Rest.

I like to rest. How about you? When I was single, my housemates could have told you that my favorite pastime was lying on the couch. Yet, I really resist resting. I have lots of things to do. I need to get them done. Time is passing, and so I need to hurry to accomplish my goals—or so I think.

We hurry because we lack trust. Lacking trust leads to striving. When we do not trust God to provide, we take on the onus of finding provision. “Do I want or need anything?” We look for ways to get our needs and desires met. When we do not trust God to provide for us, then we strive to get it by our own effort. We burden ourselves.

The way we counter this tendency is to strive to enter His rest. (Hebrews 4:11) Strange but true, we need to exert effort in order to rest! We have developed the habit of work. We need to develop a new habit of entering His rest, His Sabbath rest, a rest we can live in daily as we walk in the works He prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

Resting might provoke fear in us. At these times, we need to remember that God has everything in control. We belong to Him, and He will take care of us. After all, nothing we do on our own will last. “LORD, You establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished You have done for us.” (Isaiah 26:12) Anything of eternal value comes from Him. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, Who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)

We need to seek God for His direction. As we learned last time, we can pray and fast. However, praying and fasting do not accomplish anything in of themselves. In fact, fasting helps us to realize how truly weak we are. The real power (ability) for change comes from God.

When we rest, we see God move in our lives. He moves without our help or effort. This feels humbling. God does not need our help. We do need God’s help.

Striving to enter His rest,

Noah Woodrich

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To Be is to Do. –Socrates; To Do is to Be. –Descartes; To Do Be Do Be Do. –Sinatra