“How was service today? Was it good?”
It is commonplace for Christians to ask questions like these, but these simple questions can show something terrible going on with us. Plainly stated, it shows a lack of humility. What we’re saying is, “was it good enough for me.” This is a serious problem for both new believers and mature believers because pride can be both worldly and spiritual.
James, the brother of Jesus, taught us that we must have humility in order to receive God’s word: “in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). If we do not come humble before God, we do not come to learn. What a tragedy it is when Christians pretend that Sunday worship is about Christians instead of about God. If we are not careful, Sunday worship becomes a place for “Christian pride” which is a confused oxymoron considering that we have done nothing ourselves to receive God’s grace. Instead, we must prepare our hearts so that Sunday worship becomes a place for “Christian thankfulness.”
How do we do this? How do we humble ourselves before coming together before God on Sundays? James gives a huge piece of advice attached to the same verse on humility: “Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted” (James 1:21). That means humility requires that we put aside our sin. Even more than that, we must recognize sin as “filthiness” and “wickedness” in order to be truly humbled. We have all sinned. We have all been outright wicked; filthy in the eyes of God. All sin is deplorable. As maturing Christians, we must never pretend that we have overcome our former deplorable sins while we still gossip or fill ourselves with pride. All our sin is filth. So let us put aside our wickedness and humbly accept God’s grace. Then we are able to recognize the truth about who it is we should be worshiping. Are we overwhelmed by God’s amazing grace that He has poured out on us through His Son, Jesus Christ?
Take time tonight to consider your sin, not to further condemn yourself but to recognize the truth of God’s Word. But do not merely consider your sin, confess your sin because God is faithful and righteous to forgive if we confess the truth (1 John 1:9). Finally, let us put aside our sin as Christ has enabled us (Romans 6:14) so that we may humbly receive His great and glorious word together tomorrow. What a great Kingdom is His, and it is filled with grateful humble servants!
We look forward to gathering together tomorrow for Sunday School at 9:00am and worship service at 10:30am. Please prepare your hearts and pray for the leaders, the saints, and the lost in preparation for the Lord’s Day. Click here to listen to tomorrow’s worship set-list.