Some Post-Men’s Retreat thoughts….


 

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A Further Look At Humility….. A Word On Choosing Your Seat Very Carefully.


Question: In regard to humility,  we can do one of two things in our life.  Which of the following is preferred?

A.  We can choose to be humble

B.  We can be humbled.

Multiple choice.

You have a 50-50 shot.

I’d rather choose the former but have experienced the latter, as well.  Being humble is not always the natural instinct, is it?  There are times when things are going smoothly, in our favor, and we feel quite successful.   In these times, if we’re not careful we can find our self slipping into a prideful mindset, thinking that we alone are responsible for our success.  That our talent or ability has brought about some great thing that we should receive credit for.

Never been there?

Let’s keep moving forward, shall we?

Here’s what Jesus says about the prideful and the humble.

“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.”  Matthew 23:12

If we exalt ourselves we will fall.  Worse even, we may be knocked down.  The definition of abased means to lower in rank, prestige, or esteem.   Like the example that Jesus gave of the man who sat in the high seat at the wedding banquet and was asked to move to a lower seat, we can be called out – embarrassed – in front of everyone.  Why?  Because this thing is not about us, it’s about God, and if He decides to do some great work through us and we attempt to take the credit for said work, He will deal with it.  God is holy.  God is righteous.  God is all-powerful.  He will not let another take His glory.

Look at Saul, for example.  Great king.  Anointed king.  God’s chosen.  But Saul got things out of order, forgot who was in charge, and ended up in the field eating grass like a wild animal.  Talk about being humbled.  King David was also humbled when his sin with Bathsheba was revealed and it brought consequences to his home but David recognized his inability without God’s direction and repented before God and was restored.  The difference?  Both men were imperfect but David recognized his own weakness.

And he recognized God’s greatness.

God looks to use those who will bring Him glory.  Not those who will use their success to glorify their own self or push their own agenda.  We can’t trick God with false humility, either.  He sees through the act, just ask the Pharisees.

It doesn’t stop here though.  It’s not all “be humble or else”.  Look back to  Matthew 23:12B.  If we humble ourselves before God we will be exalted.  Exalted for what purpose?  Exalted so that God will be glorified.   Look how David, his family, and his descendants were blessed because of David’s recognition of his need for God.

We are able to experience the same type of blessings if we are careful to give God the glory.  Commit to give God the credit if you are successful at work, if you have a successful ministry, if your family is strong, if you are an effective leader.

Want God to do great things through you?  Recognize your inability without Him.

Have you ever had the wind taken out of your sail when you forgot who deserved the recognition?

HUMILITY… What To Do When You Are The Most Humble Person You Know.


HUMILTY SIDE BAR

 

Do you find yourself humble?  Quite possible the most humble person you know?

Humility.

This week we will take a look at humility – what it is, why it’s important, and how God works through it.  The bible speaks a lot on the topic of humility and gives great examples of humble people doing absolutely amazing things.  And as we look at these examples we will answer questions like…

  • Does humility equal weakness?
  • How can a humble person accomplish anything great?
  • Is there a difference between humility and timidity?
  • What about false humility?
  • How do I become more humble?
  • How do I react with humility when I receive compliments for something God is doing in me or through me?

So let’s kick the week off answering the question…

What exactly is HUMILITY?

To start with,  Dictionary.com gives the following definition:

“the quality or condition of being humble;  modest opinion or estimate of one’s own importance, rank, etc.”

 

At first glance, this is not a terribly exciting definition nor does it appear to be the description of some great life, especially when you look at the synonyms for humility – lowliness, meekness, submissiveness.   Are these the characteristics of great warriors, passionate leaders, or powerful deliverers?   They seem more like a description of the losers!  The ones who run from a fight, who back down when confronted, who would much rather follow a crowd than lead one.

But, as usual, God does things differently than we expect (or even think) He should.  When we look into the bible and see what God has to say about humility, we find humility is a necessity – an activator – for the good things that God wants to do in our life.

In Proverbs 22:4, it says:

“By humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, and honor, and life.”

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So humility, meekness, submissiveness lead to riches, honor, and life?  How can this be?  What about grabbing life by the horns?  What about making it happen? What about going for the gusto and all that…. glory?

Apparently God looks at things differently than we do.

There is a time and place for action and decisiveness but it’s proper time and place is within God’s direction and guidance.  In the coming week we will look deeper into humility and find out why…

…it’s important not to view yourself as the most important.