In the classic story, David Copperfield, there is a character who constantly talks about how humble they are. As the story unfolds, however, you quickly discover the self-proclaimed humble character is a self-serving individual who is consumed by jealousy and the destruction of others. Even as we profess our "humility" we must be on guard lest we fall into false humility which is... none other than pride.
Pride in this form is abominable before God. Ironically, as David Copperfield illustrates, it is also repulsive toward humanity as a whole and rightfully so for it is the catalyst for sin. We use false humility as an excuse to not be about the Father's business if the job does not please us. "Well, I would go visit that person but I'm not good at that. My talent is not in that area." That... is pride.
"We're not supposed to let our right hand know what our left hand is doing." becomes an excuse to do NOTHING. If we allow this sort of thinking to take root, we become jealous of those who are about the Father's Business. We accuse them of being self-serving. Perhaps they are but that is God's business, not ours. What we need to do is constantly examine our own motivation. Why do we do... or not do the things God asks of us? Is it because we are humble or is it because we are self-absorbed and too lazy to lift up the arms of our brothers and sisters. We pacify ourselves by saying that is God's job when in reality we just plain do not want to do it. Shame on us!
God recently brought me and my family through a difficult time. Do you know how He chose to do it? By moving upon the hearts of His children to lift up the hands of my family and walk beside us and even carrying us. I can hear some gasps. We carry one another? I thought God carried...
He does... and more often than not... He uses our hands to carry one another. Does He need us to do so? No. Does He desire to have us experience the joy of ministering to one another? Absolutely!
I am firmly convinced we are God's hands and feet in this world. He desires us to love one another and walk together. When we fail to do so, God is not pleased. 1 John 4:7-8
We are indeed in God's hands, and part of our calling... for ALL of us... is to uplift and encourage each other. -And we were instructed to be continually in prayer for each other. Sometimes we let complacency, pride, and just plain laziness dull our memory of Jesus' instructions, but that makes them no less valid.
May we all start each day with new eyes, new ears, and a new heart... actively looking, listening, and having compassion on those who are in pain or new help. Amen?
I was challenged recently by a pastor by the question, "Is humility something you pursue?" This question really stuck in my heart. I tend to pursue many things in life, but humility would not make the top 10 list (or 50 list). I think that the greatest fruit of humility is greater intimacy with God.
Humility is the state of a believer in Christ. Christians have humility because Christ had humility and gave himself. Christians give themselves as Christ gave himself. Who do Christians give themselves to? They give themselves to God and to humanity. Humility allows the believer to represent Christ in love. Humility does not come from head knowledge or from the human intellect where pride stems from. Humility comes when people recognize who Christ is (now) in the Throne room and what Christ did for each of us personally at Calvary. Glory! Humility is the melted soul, subject to the Christ that forgave us, cleansed us, and put within us a holiness of heart that only comes from God Almighty. Glory! Humility is produced when man realizes he is nothing at the Saviors feet. Humility is the fruit of God manifested in your Christian character. Humility is shown in the action of a believer. Humility never shows pride. Humility is birthed when pride is buried. Humility is shown through the surrendered life of a believer in Christ. Humility and meekness does not mean "weakness". Humility shows the controlled life of a believer. Humility is produced by the power of God. Your temperance (fruit of the Spirit) proves your humility! The world doesn't have humility because they don't have Christ. Glory to the living Christ! He's Exalted! He's exalted! Glory! Aren't you glad kreynolds He reduces us to a state of humility? Have a blessed New Year my sister!
I believe this area is important to examine daily, situationally, certainly being mindful of our motives will shape our actions. I have come to understand how very sinful I am and how instinctively selfish I am. The understanding is helpful but also knowing that God is God and I am not, however much I want to be. Last summer I read The Shack and when I get feelings or thoughts, input of real selfishness or pride I get this image in my head from the part about having to sentence someone else to hell. No thinks God, your job totally!
Great post. God bless.
Phil 2:5-9...Let this mind be in you... which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him...
Note...let this mind be in you! What mind? The mind of a servant. Humility is the root of a servants heart...Humility comes when your melted from recognizing who Christ is...GLORY! When we are taken over by Christ...we will have this mindset..
Everyone in Heaven will have humility...When Christ returns everyone that returns with Him will be sanctified and have humility...
Rev 20:4-5...And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands;
...and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
Haha! And I didn't realize you'd written this blog until after I mentioned to you how humbling it is to realize that our very breath is in His control, and not ours at all. I have been studying two books on the subject of humility and have come to see how much pride is in my every waking moment.
As far as us carrying each other . . . we are the hands and feet and arms of Christ in the world. He may be the One carrying us, but we are the ones whose arms and hands He uses to do it.