Posts Tagged ‘humility’

  

“The greatest among you must be a servant.” (Matthew‬ ‭23:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the notorious enemy at the Alamo, was a charming politician, but he was foolish in his ways. After being captured and allowing Texas its freedom, Santa Anna would be later released in 1837 by President Andrew Jackson, promising to never serve in politics again. That promise wouldn’t last. He would rise and fall numerous times in Mexico before eventually fleeing to Europe around 1855. He would die in Mexico in 1876 as a broken old man.

As the old saying goes, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” It is a dangerous thing when we entertain the thought of arising to places where we can have others do what we want them too. Selfishness has no place in leadership. The lust for power and control is a corrupting cancer that no one is immune to.

If God raises you up as a leader, follow His example to be a Servant-Leader. God will only allow us to lead if He knows He can trust us to do the job right. Be safe and usable to God! You are loved today! 

  

“Behold, I am vile…I lay my hand over my mouth. I have uttered what I did not understand…therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job‬ 40‬:‭4‬; 42:3,6 NKJV)

Francois Fénelon describes self-righteousness thus: 

“[We] start to mistreat the people we are secretly jealous of. Jealousy, hidden in your deepest inner folds, exaggerates the least faults of others. Then come the disguised criticisms. You deceive yourself in order to justify yourself. There is no end to the excuses we come up with. Even your outrage at the faults of others is a great fault. Don’t you see your own wretchedness? It would certainly level your self-righteousness to the ground.”

Job demonstrates the escape from the jail of self-righteousness. Instead of judging the leaders of his land that were less righteous than he, instead of despising the friends that hurt him wrongly, he instead allowed God to show him his own faults and bring personal revelation: We Are No Better Than They. He repents of presumption, adopts grace toward others, and allows God to keep him truly righteous. 

When we forgive out of the shame of our arrogance and in the joy of being truly forgiven ourselves, we sever the root of self-righteousness. You are only good because of God! Be free and sweet through grace! You are loved! 

  

John did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, ‘I am not the Messiah.'” (John‬ ‭1‬:‭20‬ NIV)

A pastor friend once shared with me a humorous hospital story. One of his members had been in an accident and was rushed to the ER. When my friend got the call and arrived at the hospital, he found the frantic family. As he walked through the doors, there was the loud, collective, audible sigh of relief from this large group as someone spotted him and cried out, “Everything’s gonna be okay; the pastor’s here!”

The danger of a Messiah Complex is that we truly begin to believe we are “saviors”. And we really run afoul when we try to deliver people out of predicaments that God NEEDED for them to encounter to build their faith! We are not saviors, but Hands of the Savior, being used by God to touch lives so that their allegiance is given to Him, not us. 

Attention feels good, and to be seen as important to others is flattering. But the life of a servant is a life hidden in the Master’s shadow. We fail by accepting the spotlight. Point the way to God by impacting people’s lives and you will share in the Master’s joy! You are loved! 

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They say to the seers, ‘See no more visions!’ and to the prophets, ‘Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.'” (Isaiah‬ ‭30‬:‭10‬ NIV)

Søren Kierkegaard was a 19th-century Danish theologian and philosopher. Still a lightning rod years after his death, Kierkegaard was known for his attack on the empty formalities and shallowness of the Church of Denmark. In reference to the issue of self-deception, something he saw both in the world and the church, he once said, “There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.”

We all like to see life through our rose-colored glasses because negativity is such a drain. But as Christians, we must live passionately for truth, even that which hurts us. A true disciple knows not only the sting of correction, but also the benefit of the needed change, as well as the love of a friend who may have shared it. When we practice self-deception (“I’m a good person”, “God knows my heart”, “They had that coming”…), we become blind to real truth, the things that set us free. And self-imposed bondage is the most shameful of all.

Be a person of truth! The hard admissions that we must reconcile only serve to make us stronger disciples, a people that can lead out of a true example, not a hollow shell of how we wish to be seen. Embrace hard truth! You are loved today!

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Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.” (Philippians‬ ‭2‬:‭3‬ NLT)

Utah State was on their way to taking a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter last night for a possible upset over Oregon in college football. Then the unthinkable happened that changed the game. Utah receiver Kaelin Clay casually dropped the ball a yard before he crossed the goal line! As the Utes celebrated, an Oregon player grabbed the ball and chugged 99 yards down the sideline for a touchdown!

Pride always has a way of biting you when you least need it to. Maybe our life isn’t on display for the nation to watch, but the Lord will eventually allow our pride to catch us. Not that He is mean, but sometimes the only way to find our humble path is to fall on our face!

As you come to church today, come with a humble heart. When God knows that our pride is in check, He begins to lift us up. And if you’re willing, He’ll gently lead you to a right attitude without allowing ESPN to debut your mistakes! You are loved today!

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 1:3 NLT)

Music Superstar Kanye West is a fortunate man. While his music sales have gone through the roof and his name is atop the industry, it seems that the hype has defined the man. In one interview with Tim Westwood, he described himself thus:

I’m going down as a legend, whether or not you like me or not. I am the new Jim Morrison. I am the new Kurt Cobain … The Bible had 20, 30, 40, 50 characters in it. You don’t think that I would be one of the characters of today’s modern Bible?”

The Apostle Peter walked personally with Jesus. By the time he wrote this epistle, he had “rock star” status among the early church groups. Yet, he knew where all praise belongs: To the God that makes all things possible and all men forgiven. For Peter, it was never about self, but only about lifting up The Lord.

Nobody can point a finger at Kanye, he’s only doing what we all do at some point. Pride is Satan’s way of stealing from God what is rightfully His. While it’s healthy to have a good esteem, give God the credit for all that you are. For apart from Him, the Bible says, we are nothing! But we are loved! Enjoy your day!
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As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 6:14 NLT)

*Sigh* Being a football fan & the season is now over, I become less & less infatuated with watching a pro game every year. This year’s Super Bowl media “hog wallow” was hard to watch as players stressed to the world how wonderful they are. Only the pig enjoys the stink of their own mud…

As followers of Christ, our life is spent imitating Christ; in this case, imitating His humility. Jesus didn’t bellow His own press reports, but He lived to give the glory to the Father. Even the apostle Paul, with all of his achievements, knew that our trophy case is nothing compared to the grace we receive from our Father! What could we ever do to compare to the smallest act of unselfish love that He does daily?!

As you go about your day today, ask God to show you just how humble, or not, that you are. Celebrate the victories of others & your life will be celebrated too! And pray for this guy, that my attitude improves about professional athletes… Thankfully, we are all loved today! Make it a good one!

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