I remember vividly the chapel experience of North Central University, my alma mater! Five days a week our student body would gather to seek God and hear some of the greatest speakers: both men and women of God in our generation.
One particular memory is of Pastor Scott Hagan sharing what a mentor had once shared with him. I captured that moment by writing it in the fly leaf of my Bible and thought I'd share it today:
Bible scholars have figured what they believe to be a correct chronological ordering of the books of the New Testament (it's not in the order of NT as some may assume). From this preachers and teachers can derive more of the evolution of the early church and specifically development of the men and women of God.
From this, Hagan once shared what he called the Apostle Paul's road to humility:
55 AD - Galatians 2:8 - Paul calls himself the Apostle to the Gentiles in the same way as Peter, James and John were Apostles to the Jews.
55 AD - 1 Corinthians 15:9 - Paul calls himself "the least of the Apostles."
61-62 AD - Ephesians 3:20 - Paul calls himself "less than the least of all God's people."
63-64 AD - 1 Timothy 1:15 - Paul calls himself "the worst of sinners."
There is just something about walking daily ever closely with the Lord that brings a deep humility and self depreciation into everything we are and do.