6/28/2015 Brief Thoughts: The Greatest Character Trait

“Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.” (Ps 51:8) 

 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 5:3)

 

There is one prayer I believe God wants to hear above all others, because there is one affliction He hates above all others. There is one condition of the heart God treasures above all others, because it is the condition that provides fertile soil for everything else He desires to accomplish in us. Without this heart condition nothing else is possible within the kingdom of heaven on earth, and with it nothing is impossible. It is the first of the Beatitudes, and its evil twin the first thing God hates (Prov. 6:16-17). It is the goal of the cross, and everything that happens afterward. It is what opens, and thereafter keeps the door open to the kingdom of heaven on earth, and after that eternal life. It must be the disciple’s diligent quest and constant companion, for it will keep him from his diligent and constant enemy. It is therefore to be treasured above all other character traits in life because without it faith, hope, and love are not possible.

The character trait of which I speak is humility [or brokenness], and to maintain it is the lifelong challenge for the disciple. It is why he is commanded to “deny himself, and take up his cross daily” (Luke 9:23). There is no pride on earth as persistent, deceptive, or deadly as Christian pride because it finds its roots in all of the “good” things the disciple is supposed to be about. It is the trap of the mature, because the closer one gets to Christ the more good works he is driven to do, and the richer are its fields. I believe there exists no prayer God desires to hear more, nor is there one more dangerous or that takes a greater commitment from a man than these three simple words: “Lord, break me.”

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