The Lord described one church this way: “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked'” (Revelation 3:17).
Now any time a Christian says of his spiritual status that he does “not need a thing,” alarm bells should go off. There is no such thing as a Christian who doesn’t need God’s guidance, care, mercy, or love! If a Christian tells you he doesn’t need help, don’t believe him. And if you happen to be the speaker, don’t believe yourself! When it comes to the lies we tell ourselves, we are all far too willing dupes!
One of Winston Churchill’s main political opponents was former prime minister Clement Attlee. Once, following a heated debate in parliament, a newspaperman asked Churchill for an evaluation of Attlee. Churchill said this: “He is a modest man with much to be modest about.”
Churches do not prosper because of great preachers, talent-laden members, or magnificent programs. They prosper according to their faithfulness to God, and because of God’s blessing.
Christians have much to be modest about.
A Christian who doesn’t need God is about as common as a rapper who sings wholesome songs, or a well-adjusted member of the Michael Jackson family.
The term “self-sufficient Christian” is an oxymoron. We need each other. We need the word of God. We need forgiveness. We need strength. We need God. We need not only to be modest, but to truly understand how much we have to be modest about!
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance to the measure of faith God has given you” (Romans 12:3).

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Stan Mitchell

Stan began preaching in 1976, and worked in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He served as preacher with the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He was Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He was married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He authored five books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs; Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song; Equipping the Saints for Ministry; and Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation. Stan passed away 19 Feb. 2019.

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