'How Much Humility?'Adam Becker
Humility has been for a long time something desired and to be rewarded. Many people strive to have humility but in today’s world is a believe in your self and stand up for yourself world. Speak your mind, don’t let anyone trample on you and brag yourself up is the motto of so many. In Christianity, Christ is our example and He was so humble that yet while He was God, He let people do unspeakable things to Him.
They disrespected Him, talked down to Him and even physically tortured and put Him to death! Still, He was a shining example of humility. Should we do the same? Should we let people walk all over us, talk down to us and never toot our own horn?
In the Bile Christ told this about being humble:
7When Jesus noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, He told them a parable: 8“When you are invited to a wedding banquet, do not sit in the place of honor, in case someone more distinguished than you has been invited. 9Then the host who invited both of you will come and tell you, ‘Give this man your seat.’ And in humiliation, you will have to take the last place.
10But when you are invited, go and sit in the last place, so that your host will come and tell you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in front of everyone at the table with you. 11For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The Bible also says;
James 4:6 NIV
6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
So we know that God favors the Humble, will lift them up and we are to be Humble towards God and man. We also know that God humbles the proud. But how much humility is enough? Does that mean we just let everyone overlook us and we always act as though we a pile of slime? I found in life that God does humble the proud. There was a time when I thought I was so prosperous, blessed, gifted and could accomplish anything.
I often bragged about it and had tooted my own horn. Then one day God messed up my life and brought me very low. After that, I was afraid to ever think anything good of myself again. I thought if I do God will being the anvil down on me! So, I told everyone that I am nothing and started bashing myself. I literally beat myself up verbally and it started to affect me emotionally as well. God began to deal with me on this and would speak to my heart and say; “Adam, you need to stop putting yourself down. Stop this now and repent.” I didn’t listen and continued to put myself down.
I noticed that the people I put myself down to would then start bragging about how they are so much better than me. I also noticed that satan would attack me. You see If you're too humble the devil will kick you when you're down and so will everyone else. We are to be humble but not so humble we give people an opportunity to kick us and open the door for satan to attack. We need to speak well of ourselves, speaking well does not mean you exalt yourself above everyone else it just means you speak of yourself in a positive manner and you talk of yourself on an even playing field.
We are not to speak negatively about ourselves. We shouldn’t speak of ourselves as being any lower than anyone else. It's unhealthy and can be false humility. As long as you’re not exalting yourself above everyone else it is fine to toot your own horn. Let’s face it in today's world the only one who is going to do that is usually you. How can you ever move up in this world if you never speak positively about yourself? People will think there is something wrong with you and avoid you like the plague. They will not lift you up to the seat of honor. Sitting in the last seat means that you don’t try and put yourself above anyone else not that you trash talk about yourself or share all your shortcomings and faults give opportunity for everyone to kick you. It is true that God does lift up the humble but if you're too humble He may rebuke you!
Some people try to be so humble and wait for someone in authority to lift them up or for God to lift them up that they are frozen. They don’t step out or take chances. Sometimes if opportunity is not knocking, we may need to make our own opportunity. You can’t always be so humble that you let people overlook you and walk all over you. You have value and worth just as much as the next guy or gal.
If you want to be promoted, you may need to humbly toot your horn or step out and make your own opportunities. How do you know you weren’t being lifted up for the very fact that God was trying to get you to get up and step out in the first place? God does work like that, if you in the wrong the place sometimes opportunities won’t come until you move to where God wants you. You can’t always sit around and wait for people to see your value. God may lift you up in your getting out of the boat!
Christ did toot His own horn when he needed to, and He did not sit around waiting for everyone else to lift Him up. He believed in Himself, spoke positive about Himself and did not let people walk all over Him. Yes, He let them crucify Him but that was because He had a job to do. He had to be crucified and tortured as it is by his stripes we are healed. But we are not Jesus. When Apostle Paul was jailed, he used his rights as a Roman citizen to help him. He tooted His own horn when it was needed.
That is the key, when it is needed you need to toot your own horn. Paul could have said yes, I am just a humble servant of God and I have no rights. I am garbage and you all are so wonderful, but He didn’t. Be humble but not so humble that you have no value. Value yourself as God values you! If you truly value yourself, others will value you also. If you don’t, neither will they. And how can you truly value God and others if you don’t value you? You were created in God's image, God values you, you do the same.
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