An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Servants of the Narrow Gate

(Proverbs 25:7 KJV)  For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes have seen.

Jesus described the way to salvation as narrow, both the gate and the road.  That means we need to be careful where we walk.  This verse gets into another area where we need to toe the line.  It is a hard balance to find.

On one side we are earning recognition.  We are to be good scouts, you have probably heard the Scout Law, even if you didn’t know what it was.
A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful,
Friendly, Courteous, Kind,
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty,
Brave, Clean, Reverent
It is like a listing of the fruit of the Spirit.  You can’t act this way without making a splash.  Millions of young men are working at this.

Yet we are to be willing to take second place.  That is the hard part.  Genuine humility is hard to maintain.  I think that is why we are reminded so often by our Calvinist brothers that we are dirty rotten, no-good sinners.  It helps us keep our perspective.

So?  Be willing to serve.  If you are moved into leadership or prominence, continue to serve.  Ask the Holy Spirit to help you keep the balance and stay on the narrow road.

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