Humility. Some people seek attention, praise, and honor. Some people seek to simply be hidden. But, I believe everyone struggles with humility.
Please know that I struggle with humility like everyone else.
Consider what Proverbs 22:4 says: Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.
One thing I find interesting in this verse: Humility brings honor.
Humility and pride are a difficult balancing act for Believers. Among other things we are redeemed, forgiven, seated with Christ in heavenly places, protected, gifted, abundantly blessed, favored, and called God’s Children. Wow! With all of those characteristics, it can be easy to be prideful.
But what is humility? Humility is not demeaning ourselves (“I’m just a sinner saved by grace…”). We are so much more than that! (See the list above…) Humility is not squashing our egos. When we try to, we tend to pride ourselves in squashing our egos.
Humility is basically directing our egos away from ourselves. Rick Warren once said in The Purpose Driven Life, "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it's thinking of yourself less."
How can we demonstrate humility? In two ways: Give all praise to God for anything we are praised for. After all, everything comes from Him. We are created by Him, gifted by Him, empowered by Him, and are used by Him.
In the same way, when praising others, don’t praise the person, praise the Lord.
When we praise others, we oftentimes are building their egos and making it difficult for them to walk in humility.
Praise God when someone else does well. Again, it is the Lord who created them, gave them abilities, and is working through them.
Secondly, give away what we have as Believers. (Again, see the list above.) Our relationship with Christ is not for us to hoard, but to share. Gloat in what I have, or give what I have? That’s a question we should all ask ourselves.
May we walk in humility. May we share what we have with others. May we expand the Kingdom of God locally and around the world… In humility! Lead Well!
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