Boldness and Humility [Part 2]


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You can be bold without being prideful. You can be humble without being timid.

Today’s Texts:

Saul rose from the ground, and although his eyes were opened, he saw nothing. So they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And for three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.” (Acts 9:8–9, ESV)

And as he was saying these things in his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are out of your mind; your great learning is driving you out of your mind.” But Paul said, “I am not out of my mind, most excellent Festus, but I am speaking true and rational words. For the king knows about these things, and to him I speak boldly.”” (Acts 26:24–27, ESV)

Only the Gospel enables you to be both bold and humble at the same time. Tim Keller puts it profoundly:

“We do not earn our worth through approval from people or through power over people. We are not overly dependent on the approval of others; nor, on the other hand, are we afraid of commitment and connection to others. The gospel makes us neither self-confident nor self-disdaining but gives us boldness and humility that can increase together.”  Keller, Timothy J. (2012-09-04). Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City (p. 319). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

When Christians lose their balance and over emphasize humility, they often deprecate the worth of the self. But, as C.S. Lewis said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less.” Humility does not come by diminishing your worth but by seeing the inestimable glory of Christ. Thus, the very fact that Christ died for you proves that you are worth an infinite price. You get something of the idea when you consider how ridiculous it would be for a man to stand on the edge of the Grand Canyon and be impressed primarily by his most recent personal accomplishments. The grandeur of the canyon captures the fullness of your vision.

Only someone in Christ can affirm, at the same time, “I was nothing more than a sinner deserving death” and “I am a co-heir with Christ destined to reign with Him forever.” Only a Christian can have true humility and brazen boldness at the same time. And that’s the Gospel!

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