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Hitting the Mark January 2018

A great mark to hit in this new year is authentic humility before God

Hitting the Mark
Humble, Teachable & Growing – Part 1

Scripture Reading: Numbers 12:1-8

Key Verse: Numbers 12: 3

Now Moses was very humble—more humble than any other person on earth.

Starting a new year is a great time to set goals for our lives. As Christ Followers, setting goals for our walk with the Lord trumps any other goals that we might set. We find great value in growing in our love and our knowledge of God through our faith in the teachings of Jesus, our Savior. There would be many methods to accomplishing this, but I would like to suggest “marks” to shoot for; Christian virtues that we continually challenge ourselves to grow in. I find these in the very first sermon that Jesus preached. It is referred to as “The Sermon on the Mount.” The Gospel of Matthew records this sermon in chapters 5-7.

I think it helps to find characters in the Bible that live these virtues out in their lives. In the next eight weeks, we will look at eight men of God in the Bible that became examples of people who hit the mark of what it means to follow God. Moses will be our first person to study. His virtue is made clear in our key verse for today: Moses was the humblest man on the face of the earth!

I think it’s one of the most amazing statements to be given the title, by God Himself, of the humblest man on the face of the earth. God can see all that we do and all the motives which are behind our actions. We, as mere humans, can never accurately judge the motives of anyone, but the God in heaven that we serve certainly can judge with perfect accuracy.

The first mark that I hope you’ll join me in trying to hit in this new year is authentic humility. This virtue will lead us to being teachable and thus, growing in our walk with God. God humbles the proud but honors the humble! (1 Peter 5:6).

Father, I humble myself before you, understanding I am nothing without you working in me. In Jesus’ Name, amen.