No one likes the word humility. It is rather easy to judge someone else and determine there in need of being humble. But humility in our own life is not so natural. Stop for a moment and look internally, you might think your humble, and in many ways you are, but there is that one thing that you pride yourself in. You got it right, and others are wrong, you know the best way, you deserve recognition. And while these things are not inherently wrong the thing that happens in our heart sets us up for destruction.
There is a famous teaching from Jesus dealing with this topic of humility. Jesus is attending a fest with others, and he says this.
“When you are invited to a wedding feast, don’t sit in the seat of honor. What if someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited? The host will come and say, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you will be embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot of the table! “Instead, take the lowest place at the foot of the table. Then when your host sees you, he will come and say, ‘Friend, we have a better place for you!’ Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 14:8-11)
I love this teaching because it immediately shines a light on my sinfulness because my immediate response is… “I will take the lowest, so I am recognized and moved up.” NO! That is not okay. That is fake humble. The goal and intention should not be selfish still but the recognition and worship of God. Humility is not attempting to ‘act’ humble but to be it.
Humility is not ‘acting’ humble
but being humble.
The other fake humble we act on is speaking poorly about ourselves. As if saying something wrong about yourself somehow makes you humble. One of the problems with this is the fact that internally we are seeking approval and praise from others. We don’t hate ourselves we just want to hear love from others. Humility is not talking poorly about yourself but knowing who you are compared to Jesus. Compared to Jesus we are nothing, each one of us, we all are on the same level, pathetic but Christ has lifted each one of us out of the ashes and into a new life. Do we recognize that?
Humility is not talking poorly about yourself
but knowing who you are compared to Jesus.
Today stop and look at your life. Are you ‘pushing’ your way? Your ideas? Your recognition? Your status? Or do you recognize your depravity and through humility you bring praise to God for His amazing grace? Just as God lifted you from the ashes, He will lift you to His promises, don’t control your future but live humbly with a servant heart bringing glory to God, not yourself.
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