Humility comes first…

Luke 2:1-7

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

 What do we learn of the nature of God?  What do we find in the coming of Jesus?  He does what He says He will do.  David prophesied the coming of Jesus, from his lineage.  Prophecy is fulfilled.  Jesus comes in humility, with humble beginnings, born in a place where animals are kept and fed.  We would expect a Son of God to be born in a palace, a future king, better beginnings.  The first lesson taught is one of humility.  Regardless of position, whether one of authority or not, a humble attitude is desired.  Included in that introduction to Jesus is a lesson of dependability.  God does what He says He will, His word does not return empty.  He is faithful.

 Let us keep a humble attitude regardless of where we are positioned.  Even while in a place of authority, let us keep an attitude of humility.  Let us be found faithful.  Let our word be good. Let us be found dependable.  All characteristics of the people of God.  2 Chronicles 7:14  states we will humble ourselves.  We will not be guilty of elevating our selves over others.  The first lesson was humility.  The first requirement in coming to the Lord is humility. … if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

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