➥ POWER UP DEVOTIONAL 11Spirit Fruit: Gentleness and MeeknessHumble Wheat A farmer and his young son went intothe wheat fields at harvest time. As theylooked across the waving fields ofgolden grain, the boy exclaimed,"Father, look at those heads of wheatthat hold themselves up so proudly. Isuppose that those with their headshanging low are of poor quality andprobably worthless." "Not at all, son!" the farmersaid. Then taking some of the wheatheads in his hands, he showed theboy that the heads that stood up soproudly had only a few, poor, shriveledgrains within or were complete empty,while those that bowed their headshumbly were filled with large, full “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,kernels of wheat. faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” Galatians 5:22–23 (NIV).
➥ POWER UP DEVOTIONAL 11Nelson’s Student Bible In the Bible we learn of a time when Miriam and Aaron began to speakDictionary defines humility like against Moses. They said, “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses? Hasn’tthis: “A freedom from arrogance he also spoken through us?”2 God had chosen Moses to lead the Israelites out ofthat grows out of the recognition Egypt, but Miriam and Aaron were jealous of Moses’ position, and wanted glory forthat all we have and are comes themselves.from God. … Jesus is thesupreme example of humility,and He is completely adequateand of infinite dignity andworth. Biblical humility is nota belittling of oneself, but anexalting or praising of others,especially God and Jesus. Ahumble person, then, focusesmore on God and others thanon himself.”11. Nelson’s Student BibleDictionary: A Complete Guide toUnderstanding the World of theBible, Ronald F. Youngblood,Frederick Fyvie Bruce, R. K.Harrison. Thomas Nelson Inc.2. Numbers 12:2 NIV
➥ POWER UP DEVOTIONAL 11God, hearing Miriam and Aaron’s of the earth.”3 It takes a lot of humility to not respond gruffly whenremarks, calls the three of them someone has been gruff with you. Through this story about Moses’to stand before Him. God defends reaction to his brother and sister, we get an idea of what humility andMoses and rebukes Miriam and Aaron for meekness look like when one is confronted by others.questioning His anointed one, and Miriam is 3. Numbers 12:3 NIVafflicted with a serious disease. Aaron begsMoses to ask God to heal Miriam from thisdisease, and Moses cries out to God to healhis sister—even though she had been tryingto take Moses’ position from him. (Read thefull story and how it ends in Numbers chapter12.)Now, if you are a proud person andthink that your abilities and the goodthings you do come from your owndoing, you would probably argue withanyone who disagreed with you, and youprobably wouldn’t try to help them after theywere unkind to you. But Moses was a humbleman; a verse in this account tells us he was“more humble than anyone else on the face
➥ POWER UP DEVOTIONAL 11The apostle Peter tells us, “All of you, clotheyourselves with humility toward one another,because, God opposes the proud but givesgrace to the humble."4 And in Psalm 37:11, we aretold that “the meek will inherit the land and enjoy greatpeace.”5 Being “meek” and “humble” are character traitsthat greatly please God because it gives glory to Him—the One to whom the glory truly belongs.Moses knew a secret: his power and anointingcame from God. It couldn’t be taken away by humansor by angry accusations. It was God who had ordainedMoses, and it would be God who would defend Moses.This enabled Moses to be gentle, meek, and humble,because he trusted that God was in control. 4. 1 Peter 5:5b NIV 5. NIV
➥ POWER UP DEVOTIONAL 11Jesus manifested the greatest of humility. In fact, humility and from me, for I am gentle and humblemeekness are one of the fruits of Jesus’ Spirit and one of the ways we 6 in heart, and you will find rest for yourcan be more like Jesus. Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn souls.”7 Jesus knew that we would find it difficult to be gentle, meek, and humble, so He gave us examples through His actions during His life on earth. For example, at the Last Supper leading up to when Jesus would die for all of us, He washed each of His disciples’ feet, taking on the duties of a servant, so that we could better understand what humility and meekness meant. (Read the full story here: John 13:4–17.) “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.”8 6. Galatians 5:22–23 7. Matthew 11:29 NIV 8. Mark 9:35 NIV
➥ POWER UP DEVOTIONAL11 Hey, Mom. I can Oh, thank watch Snookie if you so much, you have stuff you sweetheart! need to do.To “be a servant of all” means that we’relooking out for others’ needs above ourown; it takes humility to do that. As we think moreabout how God wants us to treat others, we grow inlove and humility. Having a servant’s heart gives usa humble and meek heart, because we are focusingon what God wants us to do instead of what wewant to do. When we have this attitude we are alsogentle—whether or not we are physically stronger,smarter, or have more influence than somebodyelse—because we remember that God is the onewho gave us these gifts in the first place.