The Radiance of Humility – Part 2

It is love and true humility that will draw the multitudes to Christ.

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Where did the stars go this morning? Did someone put them in their pocket and carry them away?

They’re fully present in the sky all day, but they become visible…

Only when it gets dark enough.

The stage is set for God to display His glory in a way that all will see, and the world will be in awe. These are massively exciting times! Any student of Church history knows the great paradox of the ages is that nearly every revival since the book of Acts has taken place in the midst of a local or national crisis. And this is when it is time for believers to arise and shine in a powerful way.

The Church is called to be a bright city on a hill that cannot be hidden (Matt. 5:14).

We’ve all heard different versions of what this is meant to look like, but there’s no guesswork involved if you read the context of Matthew 5:1-16: Jesus says, “Happy are the poor in spirit … Happy are the meek … Happy are the pure in heart … the merciful …”

Obviously, being salt and light is meant to be a humbling endeavor. In fact, the essence of all of these qualities listed is humility.

That’s the main point today.

With over two decades of 24/7 intercession in our nation, a growing desperation in the world, and a dark backdrop available, revival is almost inevitable. BUT that doesn’t, for one thing, make it automatic. And we have to remember that it’s love and true humility that will draw the multitudes to Christ.

This does not mean everyone will like us and it will always be easy, but it does mean we can be effective and joyful, knowing we are already successful if we’re living out these beatitudes. Jesus goes on to say, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Say what? Rejoice when I’m persecuted and ridiculed and put down? How, on earth, do I do that? By dying to self and looking at the love and humility of Jesus Himself, “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be used to his own advantage, 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!” (Phil. 2:6-8).

Yes, dying to self doesn’t feel good, but it yields unfathomable results. Jesus promised us that persecution WILL come if we follow Him, but we can have joy even in the midst of it if our hearts are postured correctly. It’s already ratcheting up, even in America—and it is wonderful!!!

You will be so effective in these times if you keep on that armor of humility and remember that it’s not about us—it’s all about Him!



This is an updated edition of a post originally published on EJ Ministries 

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About the Author

Paul Rumore is an author and speaker. Paul and his wife, Nicole, are also co-founders of Enjoying Jesus Ministries, which exists to proclaim and carry the glory of the infinitely joyful triune God, resulting in people knowing Him intimately and walking out the First Commandment.