The center of His will. I have heard this statement all my Christian walk. Today, I understood the depth of its meaning.
I once received a gift and a letter from a pastor friend. Within the letter he wrote, “Stay under the shadow of humility, not near the edge, but deep in the center, because God is going to lift you up and it is your humility that will keep you grounded in Jesus.”
Don’t stay near the edge of humility, but deep in the center.
This phrase went over and over in my mind. All night long I meditated on his statement, asking God to reveal the depth of it to me. When I awoke the next morning, God answered that prayer.
I awoke early the next morning and sat up in bed. My first thought was stay deep in the center of humility.
As quickly as that thought came, God began to speak to me. He said, “it is just like the property you are searching for.” In those few short words, I saw the revelation of this truth.
I have been searching for property for a few years. Yes, years! What I am looking for is not easy to find. I am searching for a house with land. I want to develop a place of refuge for weary believers.
I am looking for a piece of property. Every single property I have come across has the house setting on the edge of the property. I am looking for a property that has the house in the center of the property. You see I am looking for a home with land all around the house, so I would have to travel to get outside of my property. This would assure me of security, seclusion and peace.
Most people want a house on the edge of the property, so they can easily leave the property.
So, it is with the center of humility. God showed me this morning, to be in the center of humility, and not on the edge, would provide me security and peace. Why? Because I would have to travel a distance to move outside of humility.
If I live on the edge of humility, I am also living on the edge of pride. Every property line borders something. Humility borders pride. To be safe in the realm of humility, I must be in the center of it, not on the edge.
If I am on the edge of God’s will, I am also on the edge of disobedience. However, if I stay in the center of God’s will, I would have to travel a long distance to remove myself out of His will.
If I am on the edge of love, I am also on the edge of hate. But, if I stay in the center of love, I would have to travel to walk out of it.
With humility. If I press in until I am in the center of humility, pride is far from me. I love that.
Remember, if you live on the edge of anything, it will always border something else.
My friends, it is not enough to be on the edge of God’s word. In the center of His will is the only place to be. I have never been a person who wants to live on the edge. I want to live in the center of all God’s word says. In the center of humility. In the center of love. In the center of peace. In the center of His will.
Meditate on this:
Be completely humble and gentle. Ephesians 4:2