By Pastor Mike Sanders
The Corinthian Christians had not learned the virtue of humility in their life. This is why the Apostle stressed in (1 Corinthians 4:6 NKJV) “…that none of you may be puffed up on behalf of one against the other.”
I think Christianity would benefit greatly if there were more humble individuals in both pulpits and pews. I also have a feeling that many of us could use a bit more humility as well. So let’s pause and pray that God would use His Word to build true humility in our lives today.
We must begin by addressing conceit in our life. We do this by keeping perspective of our role in God’s kingdom. We are all servants and stewards for Christ. (Acts 20:19 KJV) “Serving the Lord with all humility of mind…” Mark Twain said, “It is amazing what can be done if no one minds who gets the credit.”
Never see yourself as better than others. Unity in our relationships can come only from an attitude of genuine humility. (1 Peter 5:5 ESV) “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
A pastor at Peninsula Bible Church in northern California tells the story of when he was working on staff at Mount Hermon Christian Conference Center. He was only twenty-two years old, and he went to the executive director and asked the director to pray for him. He asked the director to pray that he would stay humble. Do you know how the director responded? He chuckled, and then asked him, “What do you have to be proud about?” That is the point that the Apostle Paul wanted to make to the Corinthians. (1 Corinthians 4:7 NKJV) “For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?”
We learn that there are three great questions to ask ourselves. Who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? Why do you boast as if you did not receive?
A very prosperous farmer was asked about the secret of his success. He replied, “I learned from an old rooster on my father’s farm. He could peck harder, jump faster, fly higher, and fight better than any other rooster we had. But he lost most of his fights, even against tiny roosters. The trouble was that just as he was winning a fight, he would stop to crow. I learned a key to success is to not crow when you think you are doing well.”
I heard of a preacher who preached a message to a congregation on a special occasion. God richly blessed the message and it hit with great impact. The young man enjoyed the obvious appearances of success, and afterwards, going home with his wife, evidently thinking over and enjoying the results of that powerful ministry in his own heart, he said to her, “I wonder how many great preachers there are in the world?” His wife replied, “One less than you think!” What a foolish thing it is to view our gifts as though we were responsible for them.
(1 Peter 5:6 KJV) “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” Christ humbled Himself when He came into this world, as is clearly taught in Phil 2:6-8. May He be our example.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]