You and I, I speak for myself, need to practice humility. James records,
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.” (James 4:6-10)
I have a four step plan that I am going to work on to help me become more humble.
- Stop trying to impress God. Instead, simply submit to God and live life for Him.
- Stop trying to impress others. I don’t want to concern myself with wanting people to say, “Look how good, special, important, talented, righteous, and what a great leader Scott is.” Instead I want them to be impressed with Christ.
- Stop comparing myself to others and others to myself. When I compare myself to others, I become the standard. Pride speaks of my growth or my wounded pride tries to destroy the other person. I need only to compare myself with what I should be for God and be grateful for His Grace that saves by faith in Christ as I strive daily to improve my walk with Him.
- Consider my motivation for all I say and do. Am I doing or saying things for self or for God?
Lord, help me to focus people on you. Help my light be a light that shines for Your glory and not my own.