Ephesians 4:1-2 KJV
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,
With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
It is an interesting phenomenon that Christians must be begged to be walk worthy of the Lord (which is interpreted as being humble and lowly in mind.) Considering the day, Christians were under huge stress. There were more than plenty of "humblers" available
· The humbler known as the Jewish opposition
· The humbler known as Roman oppression
· The humbler of physical difficulty
· The humbler of financial poverty
But even with all of this, there was still the human tendency to lift up self.
Now we look at our own day. While things are beginning to turn, we have experienced more than two hundred years without any sort of significant “humbler” in American Christianity, and it shows.
· We seek after greatness and grandeur.
· We chase after the bright and shiny things.
· We fashion ourselves in the image of the well known, well loved and worldly successful.
Someone needs to once again beg us to humility. Someone needs to beg us that the walk that is worthy of our Saviour is a lowly, meek and humble walk. And the best voice to beg such a thing is a prisoner.
We are, after all, the products of those who modeled their lives after a man condemned and crucified.