One of the first things which Paul addresses in his letters to the Corinthians is the need for humility, he said,
“God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to mothering things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1st Corinthians 1: 28-29, ESV).
Paul is instructing the Corinthians to remain humble, because they were chosen from groups that were considered shameful to people who considered themselves strong and wise. I need to remember to remain humble, because without God I would still be stuck within the depths of my sin. Paul continues by saying
“So that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord” (1st Corinthians 1: 31, ESV).
I need to remember that nothing on earth is worthy of boasting about compared to God’s mercy towards me. It is good for me to stay humble at all times and remember what God has done for me. Paul also emphasizes the importance of following God rather than man, he says
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart’” (1st Corinthians 1: 18-19, ESV).
It is good for me to practice humility in the face of what God has done for me, because worldly pride is put to shame by God and his glory. Paul says,
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1st Corinthians 1: 25, ESV).
Dear God, thank you for all that you have done for me. Please help me to have a grateful heart, and please help me to keep my mind and heart on you, and not on the world. In Jesus’s holy name I pray, Amen.