Sunday service, Friedel Stegen, 04 June 2017
(Also the engagement of Renate Warnke and Victor)
Is 57:15, “For this is what the high and exalted One says—
he who lives forever, whose name is holy:
“I live in a high and holy place,
but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit,
to revive the spirit of the lowly
and to revive the heart of the contrite.”
Can you imagine that God who is so great, high and holy, is prepared to come into your and my heart, even with those who have a contrite and humble spirit? How wonderful that God is willing to stoop down to our level and dwell with us. Ask yourself whether you have such a humble and contrite spirit? What does it mean? A contrite heart is one who is ashamed, who doesn’t even look up, and bows his head in humbleness, knowing he is only a sinner saved by grace. The dictionary says contrite means one who is ashamed and apologetic for having done wrong.
Can we apologize? Is that the spirit within us? That we don’t argue, but ask forgiveness. Why is it so difficult? We always want to justify ourselves. We are exactly like Adam and Eve were. Instead of admitting that they’ve sinned, they tried to justify themselves. That is within each and everyone.
I have learnt over the years that I have to die to my convictions, to my wishes. I have to do that daily. O that we might receive the spirit of humbleness. You don’t find it often among the Christians. They always want to justify themselves. That is an evil among us.
May your life bear much fruit, which it will if you have a humble and contrite heart.
It is also wonderful that God says that if He dwells within us, He will come and revive the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the contrite!
In Philippians 2:3 we read, “let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves”. Maybe among us we will understand it better if it said that nothing should be done through discussions and arguments. If we want God to use us, we must become the least.
When the disciples asked the Lord Jesus who was the greatest, He answered that it is the one who is the least, the servant of all. May that become our aim, to become the servant of all. The higher we climb, the smaller we get. Without humbleness we will get nowhere.
Let the Holy Spirit bear fruit in your life. The more fruit you have, the lower you can bow.
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