A Message for the Messenger’s Online Bible Conference started four days ago, and we’ve already had two guest speakers come and go. However, today is not like any of the other days. Today is the day that A Message for the Messenger’s Online Bible Study is celebrating. Today is A Message for the Messenger’s 1st year Anniversary!
Anyway, today I have with brought to us a very special guest speaker, who has written on the topic of humility: First time guest poster, my Dad!
“One of my favorite scenes in The Andy Griffith Show is when Barney is practicing his acceptance speech for an award he (mistakenly) believes he is about to receive (season 1 episode 25). “With humbleness and humility” is the line he uses that sends me into laughter. Why? Because Barney Fife is one of the least humble characters on the show. His pride has placed him in more than one difficult situation. The Bible has much to say about how true “humbleness and humility” can help us not only avoid unpleasant situations, but actually grow in our walk with God.
The first thing we need to realize is that we can accomplish nothing without God. Colossians 1:16 (all Scripture references from the NLT) “…God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see – such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.” everything we have – including our abilities – is from God alone. To think we can accomplish something great from our own resources is pride at best and blasphemy at worst. Not only do we have to realize that God gave us every talent and ability we have, but He gave them to us to use for His glory. 1 Peter 4:10-11 “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another… Then everything you do will bring glory to God…”.
Next, the consequences of pride (the opposite of humility) are real, dangerous, and severe. The Proverbs are full of warnings about the consequences of pride: It leads to disgrace (11:6), conflict (13:10), destruction (16:18), and humiliation (29:23). On top of that God uses the word “hate” to describe His feeling about it (8:13). To have so many and such clear warning about something and continue to do them is foolish to say the least.
In contrast to the warnings about pride are the benefits of humility. Proverbs 11:2 and 29:23 list wisdom and honor respectively as consequences of humility and 22:4 even lists riches and a long life! Some people are motivated by positives and some by negatives; God provides plenty of both in His Proverbs.
So how do we exhibit true humility? Certainly not by telling everyone how humble you are! One of my favorite verses about humility is Proverbs 27:2 “Let someone else praise you, not your own mouth – a stranger, not your own lips.” I had that verse written on a tool I used every day at work and looked at it multiple times every day. One of the biggest honors I ever received was when I was offered the position I have now at the company I work for. I never told them how awesome I was (or thought I was), but word got to them through others that I had the skills and abilities that they were looking for. “Someone else praising me” led to me having a very rewarding position and the favor of the company. It can be tempting to shout to the world the accomplishments you have attained, but it is far better to have others do it for you.
If you will simply do what you are supposed to do every day – whether it is doing your chores, your school work, or your tasks at work – with dilligence and a good attitude and remember it is God that gave you the ability to do those things in a way no other person can, you will be on the path to accomplish amazing things for God’s glory.
Thank you, Ryan, for the opportunity to share this with your readers!”