By Tricia Jackson
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Are you arrogant, a know-it-all, or as the Bible calls it, prideful? Well, of course not! Me neither. But, I thought I’d do a little research. Let’s look closer at what it takes to be the humble people we think we are. The Word has a lot to say about being prideful…..and a lot to say about being humble, so let’s dig a little deeper.
So what do proud people do? The opposite of a humble people.
A proud person believes they’ve worked harder than anyone else in their position. They also believe that they deserve the best office, the bonus, the assigned parking place or whatever other perks there might be.
I knew a person that thought they should make a larger salary than everyone else in the company because they had more experience. Company policy was that everyone made the same salary in that position regardless of experience. She was asked this question, “What salary would you be happy with according to your experience?” She eagerly stated the amount and was given this response “ok, we will consider raising your salary to that amount but it will also include everyone else in that position”. Her response was not one you would expect. She was not happy at all. She wanted more than what the others would be making, no matter what amount she was offered. How would you feel if this had been you? Dig deep my friend, we are looking for pride and it just might be hidden way deep down.
This woman obviously didn’t just want her salary to be set according to her own ability. Her desire was that her salary would reflect that she was more experienced than anyone else in that position, therefore making her more important. A strong Christian woman blind to her own hidden pride. A humble person doesn’t feel this way. They realize that despite all the hard work they’ve put in, there are others who have worked just as hard or harder but maybe haven’t seen the same results. They also desire to see everyone prosper, not just themselves. A humble person doesn’t feel entitled, they feel grateful. Become humble, my friend.
Never lose your gratitude. Your gratitude will show your heart and speak to everyone around you. We, as Christians, should be the most grateful and most thankful people around. Every opportunity that comes our way comes to us far beyond our own deserving. Become humble, my friend
On another occasion there was a woman that refused to vacuum under her desk when asked. This was not in her job description; she felt it was beneath her title. She was too good for such a job as vacuuming. So she stepped aside while someone else vacuumed. Become humble, my friend.
We should always value others more than ourselves. With true humility comes much wisdom. Did you know it’s much easier to learn when we value the person teaching or speaking to us? Even if you are able to teach the same subject, be a good student and listen for those little nuggets that might just speak to you personally. Become humble, my friend.
We can be strong, independent, mature saints full of wisdom, but if we let pride in, disgrace will follow. So, let someone else offer you the assigned seat, table or parking place – becoming humble gives us favor with the Lord.
Together, let’s dig deep – “search our hearts o’ Lord”-
Together let’s become humble, my friends!
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24)
“But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble” (James 4:6)
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted” (Matthew 23:12)
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” (Philippians 2:3)
“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” (Proverbs 11:2)