If You Know Where You’ve Come From

June 13, 2012

in Everyday Fruit,Humility

In a world of self made {wo}men, do any of us know what the self is really made of?  In a world where everyone wants to know where you’ve come from, do any of us know from whom we’ve come?

Is there such a thing as a self made anything?

‘A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.’  John 3:27

It’s only the ones that boast about all they’ve done, about all they’ve made for themselves that have to worry and fear about where they’re headed.  They’re the ones who’ve got to worry about losing it all.  But the ones that know they’ve not really done a thing, not made anything alone, they’re the ones that can laugh at the days to come.

It’s the poor in spirit who can own the kingdom of heaven.

If you know that you’ve only come from grace and that all you’ve ever done is because of grace then looking ahead, there’s really nothing to see but grace.

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”   John 3:30

When I know where I’ve come from, there’s no reason to fear where I’m headed.  When I know I’ve come from nothing, there’s nothing scary about becoming less instead of more.  There’s nothing to do but make more of Him and less of me.

The Pharisees wanted to know where Jesus had come from.  Nathaniel said it plainly: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”  Who could’ve known that the man from Nazareth is the only self made man to come out of anywhere?  

Jesus came out of everything and yet let people treat Him like He was a nothing.  He came from the highest place and went as low as possible.  He knew where He’d come from but wouldn’t return until He rescued all of us from our shameful hometowns of sin.  Here is the strength to be happy and hopeful.  Sure, I came from nothing but Christ has given me everything and so everything I have is nothing compared to Him.  

Lord, decrease me today so that You might increase in my life. Bring me lower so that You’ll be lifted higher.

60 Days of Prayer

Prayer decreases us-it admits to God that our hands are tied and His are powerful.  Let’s pray together for Slovakia today.


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