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Jul052018

The Humble Have All The Advantages With God

If there has been a theme that God has me consistently studying it would be the theme of character. As a Christian who believes that all the gifts of the Holy Spirit are still in operation today, the basis for those gifts is a godly character. My greatest battles in life happen inside of me trying to conform to God’s ways and refusing to accept the ways of the world around me. Humility is the greatest character struggle because human pride is the easiest element to manipulate. 

The Psalmist says the humble person gets God’s attention and receives His guidance:

 

  • “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.”  
    -Psalm 25:9
  • “He has no use for conceited people, but shows favor to those who are humble.” 
      -Proverbs 3:34  
  • “But the grace that God gives is even stronger. As the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”   - James 4:6

So as you can see, the humble have all the advantages with God, so why do we spend so much time trying to impress people with who we are or with what we know? God is impressed with those who know that everything good comes from Him, and there is nothing good in who we are or in what we do apart from Him. I love what the Psalmist says in Psalm 119:32b “For you will enlarge my heart.”  He believes God will enlarge his heart with the fullness of His Word as he humbles himself to pursue God. I like that kind of prosperity because it has a sincere application of humility and the desire to know God. Jesus talked about the duplicity of serving two masters:

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”  -Matthew 6:24

I believe the same is true with serving yourself and serving God. One of those two masters will get the best of who you are while the other will be found lacking. Most of the time it is the dedication to the Lord that loses that battle. That is why there is always this inner battle for the control over your life. 

However, when we are talking about leadership, the characteristics of leadership, and the ability to lead others, God looks to humility as a characteristic of a true leader. Now that is not what most of us think; most of us see leadership in people who are bold, authoritative, decisive, and persuasive. We never see people who are humble as real leaders, yet it is humility that is the critical characteristic for a leader to possess because he or she knows they are only the conduits for God to use. 

Again if we were to use a checklist to evaluate how we see our role in this world it might look something like this:

  1. Who is on the pedestal of my life? Do I look for credit or acknowledgment from others as a reward for what I do? 
  2. Do I feel insecure around people I don’t know and do I try to impress them with who I know, or what I know? 
  3. Do I need to control the outcome of every situation or can I trust others to act on my behalf with my full support? 
  4. Is being right a value I pursue and as a result I have become a know-it-all?
  5. Does it bother me that others get more credit than I do? 

Humility isn’t a floor mat that people walk on, but it is a characteristic that is essential for God’s interaction in your life. As I said, the humble have all the advantages with God.

Keeping it honest and truthful…K 

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