Imitating Christ’s humility
In recent weeks I have had the privilege to learn a few lessons about the art of true humility and the stench of Pride. I will call it the art of true Humility because it really is that, it is a moment by moment practice to choose not to elevate yourself above another person.
Now that might sound simple enough but in reality in day to day practice, it can seem to be nearly impossible. There are many examples of people in our culture today who will do anything to get ahead, in whatever field they see fit and in doing so they have no problems walking all over other people.
Their pride and arrogance has blinded them to the reality of real life and how their actions, hurt, annoy and irritate other people. This prideful posture that they assume, might come across as confidence in the beginning, or even fun, but in short order the stench of the pride rears it’s ugly head.
I was recently in a situation where I experienced that kind of behavior, and to be honest it completely turned my stomach, and I know longer felt that I could trust the individual and what he spoke about. The pride manifested in another way to, in that it revealed the lack of care that the individual had for others, it became a game of it is all about me, and look how good I am, and you are little, I am big therefore I will crush you to show you how big I really am.
In contrast however, I have had the privilege to meet the most wonderful people who were genuinely humble, who cared about other people, and who were always looking out for other people’s interest. They never boasted about their achievements, even if they were many, but humbly admitted that if it were not for the Holy Spirit at work within them; they would never have accomplished what they did.
In humility they sought ways to make other people’s lives better, they did not lord over them, but served them, they did not demand from the people, instead, they gave generously. They often give up their homes, ways of life, family, in order to serve those who are in need.
The bible teaches us that God opposes the proud; this means that he literally fights against the prideful and arrogant of our day, and he brings them down. The book of Proverbs is full of examples of God teaching us, that Pride and arrogance stand against all that he stands for.
Whereas with humility, God says that those who are humble, he will raise up and give honor and grace to. Why does God take such a definite stand on humility verses pride?
Pride is the catalyst to our destruction, it convinces us that we are way more important than what we are, it convinces us that we can do all things by ourselves without the need to have a Savior, it convinces us that we are no longer accountable to anyone, least of all God for our behavior and can do anything to get what we want. It corrupts our heart, and hardens us from all the good that God wants to do in and through us. Pride convinces us that it was purely by our own strength, hard work and cleverness that we accomplished all that we have. It places us in a position where we are never thankful to God for what he has given to us and how he worked behind the scenes to help us.
This is the furthest from the truth as the bible clearly states that we need God, and his wisdom and direction in our lives in order to navigate the waters of our lives.
Having read the two sides of humility and pride, which camp do you find yourself in? I would love to say to you that every day of my life, I walk in great humility, but I would be lying. Pride loves to raise it’s ugly head in my life, and before I know it, I am falling on my face because that is where my pride leads me, to humiliation, not humility.
In the book of Philippians, the Apostle Paul said that we should have the same kind of attitude that Christ had when it came to humility. That he gladly gave up his throne in heaven, the comforts of home, to come to earth, to teach us how to walk with him, then not only did he teach us, but he willingly laid down his life as the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.
Read the following Passage;
If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death–even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ, as you can see in the above passage of scripture that Jesus himself, consider our lives of greater value than his own, so he laid his life down on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice for sin and because of that act of humbling himself and obedience to God the Father, Jesus Christ the son, was raised up, and given a place of honor, and that place is to sit at the right hand of the father, forever.
Now, if you are feeling a prickling of your conscience that you have been walking in pride in your life, and would like to start learning how to walk in obedience, take a moment with me and pray, a simple pray of repentance. God will forgive you and restore you and teach you how to walk with an attitude that pleases him.
Dear Lord Jesus,
I realize that my heart attitude is one of pride and arrogance, I am selfish and self-seeking, even when I am doing things for other people. Please forgive me of this heart attitude oh Lord and help me to learn to walk in humility. Lord your promise is that if I turn from my wickedness that you will forgive me and restore me. Please do so now, I surrender my heart and mind to you and ask that you will use me to bring you glory and honor instead of myself.
In Jesus name,
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