As I helped participate in the VBS week I was struck by the humility of the children who came. A humility that was exemplified by their teachability, receptivity, openness to learn, and lack of fear in asking questions and showing that they don't have all the answers. There was a hunger on their part to learn and to grow in their knowledge of the Lord. I know sometimes I can be hesitant to ask questions or show I don't know something because I want people to think of me in a certain way. Or my pride can block me from being receptive to the teaching of another, or from hearing what God might want to say to me.
Pride, self-sufficiency, and the fear of what others might think of us are tremendous blocks to our spiritual growth. Humility though breaks down the walls of our pride and fear and opens us to receiving what God and others have to offer us. Pride is a blockage to the container of our soul being poured into. Humility removes the blockage on the container of our soul and allows God and others to pour their wisdom into us. And as we open ourselves to be poured into, we grow. Humility is an openness to receive that leads to spiritual life and growth. The children of VBS were a living reminder of that for me, as I saw how humble, receptive, and teachable they were. "Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."
One of the most used descriptive terms Scripture gives us for God is "Father." Jesus taught us to call God our Father, our Abba. Abba was an Aramaic word that was an affectionate term for a father, kind of like how we say, "Daddy." God wants us to always see ourselves as being like a child, His beloved child. And one of the main attributes of a child that God wants us to learn from is humility. And so would you say that you are a humble, receptive, and teachable person? If so, how does that express itself? Do you seek out opportunities to learn from others? Do you welcome counsel? Do you spend time in Scripture and prayer daily seeking God's wisdom for the decisions you have to make that day and asking Him to convict and correct you if your actions are not good reflections of His life in you? Is your heart soft, receptive, and teachable, like a child sitting in Daddy's arms?
It's my prayer that we at River47 will be known as a people that is humble before our Abba and others. It is my prayer that we will be a church that humbles itself like a child, and so becomes great in God's kingdom. Because it's learning from and emulating the humility of a child that leads to growth in the spiritual life.