He Was Proud Of His Humility!
Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you
(1 Peter 5:6
God's people are not immune to false pride, but it is something we must desperately avoid. It is very unbecoming, affecting our witness and fruitfulness.
Some years ago I had a pastor friend who was an egotist and very impressed with himself. His father was a minister and my friend had all of his father's sermon outlines. He had mastered them well. He was a good preacher. He also had a singing voice. Sadly, he was not quite as good at anything as he thought he was.
Surprisingly, one day he said to me, "Please pray for me. I spend so much time asking God to keep me humble."
He reminded me of the fellow who jokingly said, "I am so proud of my humility."
I replied, "How would you like to save a lot of that prayer time?"
"What do you mean?" He responded.
I said, "First of all, just acknowledge that you're a creature of God. Everything you possess is a gift from God, whether it's talent or time or treasure. It's all a gift from God. And you know, He can take it all away from you any moment with a car crash or a heart attack or any number of things." I believe my words were sobering to my friend. He never said anything but I suspect he will always remember my biblical counsel.
It is so true. Who are we, merely creatures of clay, born in sin, limited physically and mentally, to have self- pride in anything? Any positive trait that we have is a gift from God. He is the all-powerful One who created us, and we are less than a termite compared to Him. While I can do all things through Christ, I try to keep a termite perspective concerning my human nature. I am regularly reminded of Romans 8:7-8: "For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God's laws, and it never will. That's why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God" (NLT).
We do not have to pray and ask God to humble us. That is something we can and should do ourselves. Peter wrote: "Humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you" (1 Peter 5:6, NLT).
Paul wrote: "Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment" (Romans 12:3, NIV).
There is a special reward of grace for humbling ourselves, but the terrible prospect of resistance or opposition from God if we do not: "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (James 4:6, NKJV).
Having God resist us is not a good idea. Receiving His grace is a better idea.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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