serving the lord with all humility of mind

Acts 20:19 Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:

The Apostle Paul was addressing the elders at the Church in Ephesus when he described his service for the Lord as being with all humility of mind. A humble mind is actually the mind that was in Christ Jesus (Phil 2:5-8) or the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16). We can never have the unity of the Spirit or brethren dwelling together in unity without humility. The reason is that the basic cause for division is pride and selfishness. Striving for oneness through humility seems to be the main theme in all the passages of Scripture that deals with the unity of the functioning Body of Christ (Rom. 12; 1 Cor. 12; Eph. 4).

It takes humility to get along and to work with people that are different from us. Sometimes we are required to be forbearing (suffering with the wrong in others) as they are working out their salvation. It takes humility to be silent when we feel like contending with someone. Pride always disturbs the peace of the Body of Christ and unity of the Spirit. Pride is an excessive belief in ones merit or feelings of superiority. It is an exaggerated opinion of ones achievements too. Pride is the basis for:

COMPETITION (rivalry; vainglory)
Phil 2:3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Prov. 13:10 Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.

2 Cor. 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Jesus already paid the price for our redemption and the provision for the mind of Christ, which includes humility of mind, so we can pull down every stronghold of fleshly pride.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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