OCTOBER 3: HUMILITY

HUMILITY
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was upon him, and gave it to David, and his garments, even to his sword, and to his bow, and to his girdle."
1 Samuel 18:4
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Humility - The trait of a gentle internal posture that yields itself quickly to the concerns and needs of others and holds an appropriate view of self.
A giving up and rendering of self importance; a higher placement of others than self.
Humility is the bridge that shortens the span between the thoughts of God and the thoughts of man; it is an understanding and appropriate view of the smallness of ourselves ... with a very deep consideration to the largeness of God.
Humility manifests itself through service to others and devotion to God.
Jonathan wore the garment of humility beautifully and he is today's inspiration.
Three virtues possessed by Jonathan:
Transparency, Gentleness, Humility.
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Today's Reading: 1 Samuel 18-20; Philippians 2
Jonathan was the son of King Saul and heir apparent to the throne,
entitled through birthright to shoulder and govern the nation of God's people Israel.
On the battlefield he knew how to handle a horse and a bow;
With his "Kingly" father he learned how to handle violent mood swings and crazed emotional fluctuations;
And with David ... he learned how to love.
The profound relationship that transpired between Jonathan and David came at the expense of relinquished pride, station, and entitlement.
Jonathan's heart is one of the most beautifully "accepting" hearts I have ever met.
His was a heart softened by a healthy composition of wisdom, discernment, and camaraderie with God;
His was a heart that understood its true placement with God.
Yielding to an authority greater than what his father possessed, he laid his life and rights down openly before God and he disrobed openly before David.
And everything that Jonathan was entitled to was let go of:
-The special garment that visibly conveyed him as King's son was removed and given to the one anointed to wear it.
-The warrior battlement that strategically and visibly marked him as sacred defender and contender of the throne and kingdom was removed and laid down before the one anointed to the greater honor.
Jonathan willingly and visibly stripped himself openly of his "entitlements" and accepted God's greater title for his life:
Willing servant, humble friend, gentle giver,
True heir to the throne of God.
Where ego is absent ... humility is so visibly present.
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Release yourself to what God has for you ... and let go of what does not belong to you.
Surrender your will,
Your desires,
Your way.
Do it in a demonstrable way ...
And see what God might do with you.
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"Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."
Philippians 2:3-4