BethanySMC - Thursday, 20 October 2011 03:26

Virtues of the kingdom of God: MODESTY

Modesty: propriety in dress, speech or conduct, freedom from showing one’s worth or virtue. Modesty is nothing but freedom from one’s ego, pride, self admiration, self assumption, and high self esteem, self glory, self importance, self love, and other conceit or vanity.

James in his epistle speaks of wisdom that cometh form heaven; he makes it clear that modesty is an element of genie wisdom. In our time, when self exalts itself in almost all areas of our lives – beginning from kindergarten to the top leaders of the nations – modesty is a very rare element that still exists and by the grace of God will last unto the very end. Perfect end where there is going to be no more “self” and Jesus will be all and all!

Yes, modesty will be exercised by those who love Christ, and who will follow Him until His Kingdom comes!! It will be expressed in thought, speech and conduct- making Christians seem as they don’t belong to the common world. Everywhere we go, everything in this world challenges us to put on the display of our own worth, value, beauty, talents – to prove that we are better than someone, smarter, more attractive. Virtually every step of the way we have to make choices to go with the world or simply and modestly wait for the time when Jesus will call you by name with words: “Well done, my faithful Child!”

You and I are not “cheap”; there is nothing wrong to know that we are purchased with the greatest price possible- the blood of Jesus. It is also good to know that God has called and enabled you to do great things for His Glory; however, it is wrong to admire or bring attention to your self. This is where the fine line is between being modest and not.  No matter how blessed we are, how big our ministry is, how many people we influence, how talented or beautiful we are – everything should always point to Jesus and be used for His glory. Just like John the Baptist, when he was asked about himself – “Are you Elijah?” – No. “The Messiah?” – No. “The prophet that Moses spoke of?” – No. “Who are you then? We have to bring a report of you and we have nothing to say. Tell us about yourself, you are very popular these days.

“I am just a voice – that points to Jesus!!” This is a great example of modesty. No fancy clothing, no steak for dinner in an expensive restaurant – the greatest prophet of Old Testament, yet very little known, whose life’s mission was to point to Jesus and preach about His Kingdom.

Lord, help us to pursue Your Kingdom and Your righteousness in our daily lives, so that even in the way we dress- others would see the reflection of the coming Kingdom. The way we speak and what we say would glorify God. Help us Lord not to pursue luxury in this life, nor offend anyone- especially of the opposite sex by the way we conduct ourselves, or bring attention to our flesh. So we would not think of ourselves more than we ought and live quietly and peacefully- not being puffed up by praise or discouraged from critics. Let our minds be focused on the Kingdom where no “self” will enter, where no pride will be found, where no darkness and no offenders will walk on the streets of gold; where Jesus is reigning and those who were pursuing His Kingdom by being modest!  If you are one of these people- let no one discourage you- your party is ahead! Great wedding supper- your wedding with the King!

Rom12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

1Ti.2:9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

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