the other side of pride

This past Sunday, Lon gave a great message in his series, “The People Jesus Met,” and discussed the arrogant rabbis– all this came around to a message on humility.

As Lon pointed out in the message, many of us walk around with an incorrect understanding of what it means to have humility.  So Lon defined it for us…

What humility is NOT:

Humility is not self-deprecation or self-degradration.  Humility is not acting humble to camoflage the true condition of our heart.

What humility IS:

Humility is Holy Spirit produced way of seeing ourselves.  Humility recognizes that all we are is all because of God’s undeserved mercy.

Are you humble?  Do you recognize that you are no greater but no less than what God created?

I get caught up in thinking of myself as less than what God created.  Boasting about yourself is just as much of a sin as self-pity.  And looking down on yourself is not true humility.  I have to catch myself when I start questioning God about where He’s placed me and what opportunities I have to serve Him. He doesn’t make mistakes– He is sovereign.

Philippians frames how we should model ourselves after Christ’s humility…Philippians 2:5-8:

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
6Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
7but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Servant. Obedience. Those two words jump out of this passage.  When we are humble and obedient, God uses us for His kingdom glory.

To read more about Biblical humility, go check out Tim Sweetman’s latest blog post, “Loser Christian.” He has a great quote in his discussion about his own struggles:

Self-pitying people desperately want to be good, not for the glory of God, but for themselves. They want to do things for and by their own power and might for the personal recognition. They want everyone to serve them, like them, and approve of them. When these desires are not fulfilled, a prideful person will become even more inwardly focused and will continue a vicious cycle. (Exemplary Husband by Stewart Scott, page 179)


1 Response to “the other side of pride”

  1. 1 piedpatter
    October 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks Kim! That was an awesome message. Humility is what is desperately needed most and rarely demonstrated. That needs to change.

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