Stay Humble. Stay Strong.

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Stay Humble

The most important people in the church to stay humble are the elders.

Since they are the leaders, getting this wrong comes at a great price. Elders who are not humble will destroy people and the church. It may not be in an instant. But over time, they’ll cause division, confusion and strife.

Instead, it is imperative elders care for the people, do so with a willing heart, be eager to serve God and lead through a great example.

From there, the Church follows the example of humility. Peter says to “dress in humility as we relate to each other.” This doesn’t mean dress humbly. This means to put on humility. Humility is a discipline. Why? Because humility doesn’t come naturally!

And the ultimate way to stay humble is to stay humble before God. We place ourselves at the feet of his throne. Submitting to his will and way. Realizing he is God. And Infinity Life will come from him. But it comes as we Hear & Follow him.

Stay Strong

While being humble, we must also stay strong. But the key is knowing when to be humble. And when to be strong.

The devil prowls around like a roaring lion. He seeks to devour us. Our mission from God directly threatens him. So he’ll do whatever he can to devour us to get us off our mission.

But, we don’t really stand strong directly against the devil. He is more powerful than us. We stand firm against him, yes. However, we remain strong in our faith in God. Jesus alone has the power to defeat the devil. Have faith in Jesus. Stay on the mission. Remain strong for what God has for you.

All of this is a fight. The language shows us this. It is a fight to be humble. It is a fight to be strong. And it is a fight to know when to do each! Live each day to be on the mission of God. And he’ll be the one to work in your life!

Throughout this year (Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017), CrossPoint will be reading through the New Testament. We are doing this because we’re learning about the Church and the New Testament is the handbook for the church. Therefore, join us as we follow this reading plan. Today’s reading is from 1 Peter 5.