We all in one way or the other want to make our lives count. We want our lives to be significant but how is the question. Today we have a plethora of information on the subject. So I am going to add to that information. The question is, how do we make our lives count?
James 4:10 says:
Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant].
So that is the short of the matter but let us go back to verse 8 if we are to get the full picture.
We want our lives to count. We don’t want to be another statistic. But to do that we are to draw close to God. As we draw close to Him the word says He will draw close to us. We are to recognise we are sinners who have been disloyal to Him with divided interests and we are to purify ourselves of the spiritual adultery that we have committed against Him!
In verse 9 it says:
[As you draw near to God] be deeply penitent and grieve, even weep [over your disloyalty]. Let your laughter be turned to grief and your mirth to dejection and heartfelt shame [for your sins].
This is all part of humbling ourselves which needs to be taken seriously. As we humble ourselves we see God as He really is. We see Him in His full power. We also see how we cannot accomplish anything of worth without Him! In our humble state we are able to let God be God and have His way.
And that is the long of the matter!!
Humble yourselves [feeling very insignificant] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up and make your lives significant]. James 4:10