A Humble Heart
An excerpt from The Teacher's Heart
Dr. Roy W. Lowrie, Jr. (1984)
When God’s hand is strong upon the school for blessing, when remarkable progress is being made, when everything is falling into line and the school is forging ahead, we teachers must guard our hearts carefully and not touch the glory. A humble heart is always becoming to us. We should not fluctuate in this no matter how great our success, our accomplishments, our recognition, etc. “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6).
The Scriptures say in Philippians 2:13, “For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Sometimes it is pleasurable to think that we thought something up, prayed about it, and God did it. That is not reality, for the Word says that is God who works in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure. The ideas as well as the accomplishments come from God.
This principle is expressed in 1 Corinthians 3:5-7, “Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man. I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”
We teachers are branches, and will never be more. Keep in mind, a branch is a branch, is a branch, is a branch, is a branch, is a branch, etc. The Lord Jesus Christ is the vine. As we abide in Him, we bring forth much fruit, for without the vine branches can do nothing (John 15:5).
It is an honor to be a branch. How good to be a branch undergoing continuous pruning.
Last updated by Lisa Lanpher Dec 3, 2013.