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Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and obey what is written in it, because the time is near. 4John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from Him who is and was and is to come, and from the seven Spirits before His throne. (Revelation 1:3-4)

Yesterday, we talked about how John was fearless and faithful. While those are characteristics we can learn to develop after reading about John, we can also learn about humility from reading John’s writings. 

John was a very humble man. Do you realize that in his Gospel, he rarely refers to himself by name? He refers to himself as “the one whom Jesus loved.” That is why he had the moniker, “John, the beloved.” He wrote that. He described himself as “the one whom Jesus loved.” 

However, in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 1:4), it is just “John.” He is describing himself as the messenger, but it is just “John.” He didn’t say, “John, the only one of the apostles who made it all the way to the cross.” He didn’t say, “John who made it all the way to the cross and has been faithful more than anyone else. He has received a word that no one else has ever had.” He was not embellishing anything. He was not giving the background of what gave him the right to share this. It is just “John.” 

As you are reading and studying the Book of Revelation, remember that you are reading the writings of one of God’s choice messengers. He saw his life as a conduit to honor Christ, not for Christ to honor John. Can the same thing be said about us? Do we choose to live our lives, seeking to honor Christ, rather than looking for God to do something for us?

4 Comments

  1. Kelly on April 19, 2021 at 4:24 am

    I use to seek gods only when I wanted things… years later I’ve learned to seek Him everyday for guidance.

  2. A.S. Mathew on April 19, 2021 at 5:40 am

    How easily, the spirit of pride penetrates to the believers and ministers of the gospel, whenever they are used by GOD? Pride is the sharp weapon of the devil to cut down any growing tree in the Lord’s work.

  3. James W Howell on April 19, 2021 at 7:43 am

    Every day I seek GOD, trusting that he will see to it that His Will , not mine will prevail ! Praise JESUS.

  4. Nancy Guignet Sisk Young on April 19, 2021 at 3:25 pm

    A very thought provoking message. Thank you. At my age and in my health, I wonder if this will be the day God calls me home. But, each morning I awake and still find myself here on earth to start another day to try to ive as God would want me to live. I;ve had a roller coaster life but always knew that God was with me, so I didn’t waste much time on worry, but rather trying to learn what it is the God wants me to do and what He has planned for me. In addition to my body breaking down, I am legally blind so I can’t even see what I am writing but God has allowed me to keep my hands for which I am truly grateful. A thought about being humble came to me when you wrote about John and it is “Being humble isn’t thinking less of yourself but being humble is thinking about yourself less” These are not my words but those of another I heard one day but never forgot. So many of us have the wrong imppession of what it means to be truly humble. John was an excellent example – he thought of himself less and Jesus more. I pray I can be like John.

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