“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. (Matthew 12:18 ESV)
These words were said by the Father of His Son. But, as joint heirs with Christ, being as much of a child of God as the Son always has been, I am His delight as well. And, as was true of Jesus, I am given a task to proclaim the gospel to the world through the enabling of the Spirit.
Nothing can change the fact that I am His delight. But, much can affect whether or not I fulfill my God-given role.
An arrogant attitude which says, “I can do this myself. I don’t need His help on this one. I’ve got it.” is a recipe for disaster.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”—yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (James 4:13-16 ESV)
It’s not a matter of saying something properly such as “if the Lord wills” after every sentence. These verses speak to the heart behind the words which boasts in arrogance.
As God’s delighted we cannot be arrogant; nor, can we be distant from others. Our culture is becoming more automated each day. But, no machine can replace human contact. We were made for it by the One who loves relationships. As His delight, I have the opportunity to care for others, whom He delights in as well. Every person is a treasured creation or, said another way, God’s delighted.
Not only must I avoid arrogance and not avoid withdrawal from others, I must be, as God’s delighted, wholly His. How can I say that I follow God some of the time or in some ways? I cannot. I either follow or do not. No excuses. No softening this!
Lord, an arrogant attitude which sets me as the Lord of my own life must be changed. You are my Lord; as I am Your treasured creation, help me take my position, lovingly under your leadership. And, help me to love like You do.