Monday, June 8, 2015

A Humble, Teachable Heart

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

There is so much to our salvation, and the Scriptures speak about it in terms of the past, present, and future. We have been saved from the penalty of sin [past - salvation], we are being saved saved from the power of sin [present - sanctification], and one day, we will be saved from the presence of sin [future - glorification]. 

In the book that bears his name, James talks about the “implanted Word,” which is able to save our souls. At first glance, we may think it to mean salvation from the penalty of sin. Upon closer examination, it is a reference to the present and ongoing process of “being saved,” our sanctification, which is nurtured by the Word of God in you. It is a source of power and growth for your life in Christ. It goes without saying, we are responsible to humbly received it so that it may do its sanctifying work in our lives. 

James exhorts us to receive the Word humbly. The Greek word has many meanings: “meek,” “gentle,” “willing spirit;” but I prefer the word “teachable.” A humble heart is teachable, willing to lay aside pride to learn from the truth of the Word, and to apply it to all of life. 

Paul told the Colossian Christ followers to “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, with all wisdom…and whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus” [Colossians 3:16-17].

As you start this new week, may the Lord bless you with a teachable spirit and an ever-increasing love for the Word of God.

A humble heart is a teachable heart.

In humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. James 1:21

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