One Word

One of my favorite Christian radio stations challenged their listeners in the beginning of the year to chose one word [spiritually speaking] that best described what they want to achieve, learn or grow in this year, 2011. It didn't take long for me to point to the word humility.

"…this humility is not a thing that will come of itself, but that it must be made the object of special desire and prayer and faith and practice."
- Andrew Murray “Humility:The Beauty of Holiness” 1895 (Free eBook)

These words open to us the deepest roots of Christ's life and work. They tell us how it was that the Almighty God was able to work His mighty redemptive work through Him. They show what Christ counted the state of heart which became Him as the Son of the Father. They teach us what the essential nature and life is of that redemption which Christ accomplished and now communicates. It is this: He was nothing, that God might be all. He resigned Himself with His will and His powers entirely for the Father to work in Him. Of His own power, His own will, and His own glory, of His whole mission with all His works and His teaching, of all this He said, It is not I; I am nothing
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