As I look through the stacks of sermon notes that Dad has written over the years, I find myself very grateful for Mom. Dad's handwriting is not the greatest but thankfully most of his sermon notes are typed.
Yes, you heard me right. Not on a computer but on a very old-fashioned typewriter. From the 1950's until about the 1980's or so, Mom typed his notes up for him. Even after that, she typed most of them on the computer. There is a big difference between the ones that Mom did and the ones that Dad entered.
What a lot of work! After all, Dad could have just used his handwritten notes. But Mom wanted to make it smoother for him to refer to as he preached. All those years when people would say to Dad, "What a great sermon!" Or, "That that sermon really helped me!" Mom did not get any of the credit for her part but she didn't care. Her main concern was to be a help to Dad and for people to be drawn to Christ.
That is truly how Christ operated when He lived on earth. In my Bible study tonight with my wonderful group of women, we talked about the importance of humility in our walk with the Lord. I'd like to share a passage with you that talks about the humility of Jesus. It's one I definitely need to meditate on! I know this is a long passage, but it's so important.
Philippians 2:5-11 (The Message)
Think of yourselves the
way Christ Jesus thought of himself. He had equal status with God but
didn't think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages
of that status no matter what. Not at all. When the time came, he set
aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, became
human! Having become human, he stayed human. It was an incredibly
humbling process. He didn't claim special privileges. Instead, he lived
a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death—and
the worst kind of death at that—a crucifixion. Because
of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond
anyone or anything, ever, so that all created beings in heaven and on
earth—even those long ago dead and buried—will bow in worship before
this Jesus Christ, and call out in praise that he is the Master of all,
to the glorious honor of God the Father.
I need to fall on my face in reverent worship of my Lord!