For the record, this is a post that I will admit is much easier to write than to put into practice. Humility is something that I struggle with because arrogance is one of my weaknesses. If you can relate then keep on reading as I explore 3 things we can do to be less prideful and more humble.
It’s difficult to be humble when in today’s culture so many arrogant and prideful people are put on a pedestal for everyone to emulate. Just to name a few, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, J. Lo, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Drake and Charlie Sheen are all known to act pridefully and/or say prideful things, yet these are the people that fill up stadiums and capture audiences.
But you might be thinking, being prideful isn’t so bad, it makes me feel good and look how successful all those celebrities have been!
What if I told you that pride is what keeps you from mending broken relationships, keeps relationships from being all they can be, keeps you from hearing constructive criticism, keeps you from being teachable. That pride got satan thrown out of heaven, and keeps people from turning to Jesus. The list of negative things that pride brings about goes on and on…and on.
Instead of focusing on the problem, lets look at some solutions.
3 Things You Can Do If You Struggle with Pride
- Think About Myself Less
Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking about yourself less.
Even Jesus’s disciples struggled with being prideful. When they argued about who was the greatest among them, Jesus replied, “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”(Mark 9:35b MSG).
You see, it’s not about you. It’s all all about God, and serving others for his Glory, not our own.
Either way, you will be humbled eventually. Jesus said, “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14b NLT). You can either be humbled or be humble. One is a consequence of pride, the other is a choice.
So once you begin to think about yourself less and you have more free time, this brings us to #2…
- Serve Others More
When you start taking the focus off of yourself it allows you to focus more on others. Pride says, “you need to serve me” but humility says, “let me serve you”.
It’s hard to be prideful when you are serving another person. Jesus was humble and he showed it by serving others.
Jesus said, “If one of you wants to be great, you must be the servant of the rest; and if one of you wants to be first, you must be the slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served; he came to serve and to give his life to redeem many people.” (Mark 10:43b-45 GNT).
This paradox of serving is the total opposite of what the world teaches. The world says “the more important I am, the more people serve me”. But God sees it totally different. Greatness to him is when you serve other people.
The other paradox of serving is that when you serve someone, you get more out of it than the person you are serving does! Because of this paradox, people that serve have a much better quality of life than those who don’t.
This is why Mother Teresa who had a life of service said that she was extremely happy, and also why Madonna who has had a life of being served has been quoted as saying, “I don’t even know anyone who is truly happy”. See the difference?
Even when Jesus was preparing to die on the cross, instead of being completely focused on himself, he continued to serve his disciples by washing their dirty, dusty sandal feet!
Speaking of Jesus… another way to practice humility is to…
- Magnify Jesus Always
This is how you overcome pride. This is about giving credit where credit is due. If you are successful, it’s because God enabled you. Behind every good thing there is a good God.
When we have a huge accomplishment, human nature’s tendency is to say “Hey, look what I did!”, but when we don’t meet that goal we might say, “Hey God, how come you didn’t come through for me!”. Reality check, you can’t have it both ways.
Everything we do should be done in a way that gives glory to God and in a way that honors him. The Bible says, “For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:36 NLT).
The height of pride is when you think you can do life without Jesus. It’s much better to be humble than to be humbled.
The Challenge: Examine your thoughts and see how many of your thoughts are focused on you as compared to others and Jesus and how to bring God glory.
This blog post was written with my church notes. To watch the sermon related to this blog post go to foothillscc.org watch/listen page, look up “Humility Fails” in the “Epic Fails Of The Bible” Series.