Humility looks beautiful on everyone. Picture with me a man or woman who thinks of others before himself, makes others feel loved, asks questions about others, instead of talking about himself. He doesn’t demand his own way; encourages and doesn’t discourage; lifts up doesn’t tear down; has no condescension, no air of superiority, no manipulation; is not passive aggressive; doesn’t cause division but instead unifies; is not haughty selfish or rude; is compassionate. His security is in Christ, not man. He is authentic. He is teachable. He doesn’t judge. He sacrifices and he always points others to Jesus alone.
I really like this person; I want to know this person. I’d like to be friends with this person. I want to learn from this person. I see Jesus in this person.
We are all expected to “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-3)
I’ve seen this term thrown around lately, “Christian celebrity” or Christian elite.” I think there is a real danger in elevating people to Christian celebrity status. I’ve seen great men and women fall because they couldn’t handle the pride that is, all to often, associated with being “famous.” There have been those who have done it successfully and have remained humble but, sadly, I can think of more that have failed and are presently failing. It rattles those to the core who were followers, and leaves a sour taste in the mouth of a lost world watching. Mostly, It breaks the heart of God. A Christian celebrity or elite … can he or she be humble? I believe so. I have met some that are truly humble, along with those who aren’t. I’m going to continue this thought in a blog later this week, as it seems relevant. Our church is going though a family devotion guide for the next three weeks. I wanted to share day 3. The verse is James 4:6 “But He gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:10)
The devotion states, “It is not that God merely removes His hand of favor from the proud: He directly opposes the proud. God’s ultimate goal is to magnify His own name. Therefore, the one who seeks his own glory stands against everything God is doing in His world. Humility is a prerequisite to being used by God.”
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourself.” (Philippians 2:3)
I pray first for myself and then for others to stay humble and repent of the sin of a prideful spirit. I pray Jesus would be high and lifted up.