Humble Yourselves

James 4 10

Imagine how silly we must look to God when we become puffed up with pride! He sits on His throne from heaven above, and His eyes see all that happens on Earth below. Jesus spoke the world into existence, and He created you and I. It must be both sad and interesting to watch us humans as we become high and mighty in our own minds. It is just a matter of time before our self-righteousness is replaced with humiliation. Our God is the only one who is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. We would do well to remember that God is so much more amazing than we can ever fathom. David had it right in Psalm 8:4 when he said, “What is man that you are mindful of him?” It really is a wonder that God thinks of us at all, but He sure does! Romans 12:3 says, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” God loves us all the same and shows no favoritism to His children. Whether a man lives as king or pauper, his knee will bow and his will tongue confess that Jesus is Lord (Romans 14:11).

God cannot use a prideful person. God likes to use people who are hurting, broken and emptied out before Him. Prideful people are so full of themselves that they leave no room for God in their lives. God uses the weak to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:7). He cannot use people who insist on doing things in their own strength. God wants people who have become dependent upon Him for the strength to face each day. God wants to fill us up until we are overflowing with His love and joy. We have to make room for Him in our hearts and minds by throwing out our pride. It likes to lurk in dark corners and subtly sneak in the back door. Pride will tip toe around and often goes unnoticed. It creeps in through the window at twilight and it hides away when the sun is shining. We have to ask God to show us where pride has gained a foothold, and when it is revealed we must get rid of it for good.

Pride is ugly. No one likes to look at it. Satan was once the most beautiful being ever created. He was designed to reflect the glory of God. He was magnificent in form when he was carrying out God’s will for him. Satan let his pride get between him and God. Now he is a dark and vile enemy of God. He is awful and repulsive and will one day be cast into the Lake of Fire. We don’t look any better when we are filled with pride. Not in the sight of the Lord or to anyone else. Pride at its core is evil. Pride is foolish, but let us not forget that it is also wicked. God calls us to repent of our pride. This is the only way He can mold us into His perfect image. He will never be able to complete the work He began in us as long as pride stands in the way.

God will never lift up a proud person. God lifts up the humble person because the humble person is filled with God’s glory and gives all credit to Him. God can use a humble person to further the work of His Kingdom. A humble person will lead others to Christ and serve as a great witness for Him. A humble person will act as the hands and feet of Jesus. Humility is what Jesus demonstrated throughout His entire life, even with His dying breaths when He asked God to forgive us humans for our prideful actions. Jesus was the servant of all, and we can follow in His footsteps. When we read God’s Word we can easily see the outcome of the lowly man versus the prideful man. God raises up the most unlikely of people. They will never look or act like the people exalted in the media. The people God chooses to be His instruments and vessels would never win a popularity contest. God wants people whose eyes, minds and hearts are for Him alone.

Ask God to examine your heart. Let Him see if there is any pride tucked away inside of it. May it be brought to light in plain sight and may the Lord help you to cast it as far as the east is from the west. Praise the Lord that He loves us despite our human nature! Our flesh loves to feed off of our pride, but our spirit must choke it off. We have a God of mercy who is slow to anger and patient with us. He knows that you and I struggle with pride. There is a tug-of-war in our lives between pride and humility. Whether humility wins each day depends on if we choose to submit to God’s authority or do our own thing instead. If you ask Him to help you with this area of your life, He will gladly come alongside you and show you how to change. Humble yourself before God, and He will lift you up!

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4 Responses to Humble Yourselves

  1. In the words of Bryson Smith . . .
    Nothing can I boast in;
    My life is scarred with sin.
    My works are filthy rags;
    No merit can I bring.
    Yet mercy filled Christ’s heart;
    Love took Him to the tree.
    It’s grace alone which saves me:
    Christ’s blood that sets me free.

    So if I am to boast,
    I’ll speak of my disgrace,
    For my weak self displays
    The power of God’s grace.
    Christ’s Spirit works within me;
    In weakness He is strong,
    So I look to my Saviour
    To safely bring me home.

    • Amen! We truly have nothing to boast in. We were sinful, wicked and vile before God, and it is only because of God’s mercy and the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ that we are made right before God. Our sins have been erased forever, but not because of anything we have done in our own strength. It is only by the grace of God!

  2. ptl2010 says:

    Psalm 75:6 – For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. It is God who judges: He brings one down, He exalts a nother.

    Pride often follows a promotion. When Christians are passed over for a promotion, remember God’s ways are higher than man’s ways. Do not be covetous of non-believers for in due time He will raise you up.

    • I know I have been passed over for promotion before, and it can be humbling when this happens. Eventually I learned it was often for my own good! I often wanted a better position for all of the wrong motives and reasons. I know other times when I have been promoted and then fallen flat on my face and been humbled yet again. It was pride that got in the way. I wasn’t ready to be raised up.

      I learned in my last job that by leading a quiet life, working with my hands, and practicing servant leadership like Jesus I would be given more opportunities than I ever imagined. I still cannot believe how I was blessed! My boss was so humble, and she taught me so much. She always gave credit to others and did everything she could to help them succeed. She was the first to roll up her sleeves and get her hands dirty. She was willing to drop everything, even under deadline, if someone needed a shoulder to cry on. She was given awards, but she never bragged about them. She never thought of herself as being above anyone else. I am grateful to have trained under her. She was a humble servant like Jesus.

      God knows the heart of a man like no one else. He sees things even we cannot see about ourselves. He knows when the time is right to be raised up and when that opportunity will be beneficial to others and serve the Kingdom rather than ourselves.

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