If we are truly His, then our desire to please Him overrides all other desires. If you are not to this place…
(10) For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
If we are not at a place in our lives where our desire to please Him is our overarching theme, then one of two things:
- We don’t understand the work of the Holy Spirit who lives inside us, or
- We don’t HAVE the Holy Spirit inside us.
Here’s the deal: It’s one thing to have the Holy Spirit but not understand how He works in our lives to make us more like Jesus, but it’s an entirely different thing to be selective about how we will serve Him and allow Him to work in our lives. I do not believe that Jesus will allow a Christian to be comfortable with the latter decision for very long.
When we tell the Holy Spirit what we will and won’t do for Jesus, He backs off and basically says, “Okay, do it your way. Let me know how it works for you.” Don’t believe me?
God mocks proud mockers but shows favor to the humble and oppressed. Proverbs 3:34
God opposes [takes a boxer’s stance against] the proud but shows favor to the humble. James 4:6
All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” 1 Peter 5:5b
“The greatest among you will be your servant. (12) For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:11-12
Many people have a head knowledge of salvation, but it takes committing our entire lives to Christ for Him to take residence in our hearts. My own opinion is that He stands at the threshold of our heart’s door with His hand out, waiting for us to give Him the deed to our house and the master key to every door. We may not even KNOW every door in our hearts, but He wants the master key and the right to enter any door at any time. Only then will He come in and “eat with us and us with Him (Rev. 3:20).”
If Christ is indeed in your heart, then you would do well to “submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil [and his lies about your own elevated position] and he will flee from you. (8) Come near to God [humbly and repentantly] and he will come near to you [and love on you]. Wash your hands, you [still resistant] sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded [those who think you can have Christ without giving Him everything]. (9) Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom [realize just how serious your condition is!]. (10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord [the crux of the matter], and he will lift you up [what a promise!]. James 4:8-10
Knowing that Christ is in us and that we have given him everything, we know that His “His wisdom will enter our hearts and His knowledge will be pleasant to our souls.” And, we have this promise to which to look forward:
…may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ. Hebrews 13:21b
Lord, I give You my life today. I know I gave it to You yesterday, but yesterday’s gone; nor is it tomorrow, yet, so I can’t give you tomorrow. I have only today to offer You. What’s nice is that giving You TODAY is all You ask! It’s why I like inserting the word “today” in the middle of Matthew 6:33 basing it on verse 34*. You are, indeed, humble and gentle of heart; I do NOT want you to take a boxer’s stance against me! Work in me what is pleasing to You, O Lord. Amen.
*“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness [today], and all these things will be given to you as well [as you need them TODAY]. (34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34