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Confident like a Brat and Humble like a Servant

My wife, Kylie, and I were having a conversation just the other day about worrying. We are looking into buying a house and there are so many things that have to be done.  My wife got extremely stressed out. Later, she said that the one thing that was keeping her from continuing to be stressed was that she knew that God, and only God, was in control. Okay, now my first thought was that everyone always says this to calm people down. Let’s analyze the statement for a second (or a couple minutes). God is in control. God gets what God wants. If He wants us (my wife and I) to live in that house, there is no one in the world that can stop Him! Not us, not the owners, not the bank; no one can stop our God.

If you think that you or anyone else can stop God, you don’t worship Jesus as God. You believe in a false god.

On another note, but still related, Kylie and I like to watch movies about medieval times. There is something about those times and their life styles that appeals to our imaginations and to our liking of history. There is one thing that is almost always similar among the stories: The king’s son is always a brat. Why? Because his father is the king. He knows that no matter what he does his father is going to keep him safe. His father, the king, will always bail him out no matter how awful he has been.

Our King, our Father, came down from His throne, wrapped Himself in flesh, and placed Himself in a pig’s feed. He washed the feet of dirty men who had been walking around on dirty roads. These roads had been covered with garbage, mud, and feces. Our king did that! Our king healed the lame, gave sight to the blind, and gave song to the mute. He came and served the least of us. That is our King! That is our Father.

As children of God we are to be confident as a bratty prince, yet, also as humble as a servant.

“Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 corinthians 1:31

 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God hashighly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:3-11

-Michael Esch



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