Humility

Isaiah 66:1-2

Thus says the Lord:
“Heaven is my throne,
    and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
    and what is the place of my rest?
All these things my hand has made,
    and so all these things came to be,
declares the Lord.
But this is the one to whom I will look:
    he who is humble and contrite in spirit
    and trembles at my word.

These verses bring myself into awe of who God is. It’s describes the Lord as in Heaven and he is looking for someone who is humble and has a contrite. Now raise your hand if this you… This is impossible to do on our own but we are still called to do it. There is only one man who did this perfectly and that was Jesus Christ. He took me on journey this past through Humility and so I have a few thoughts from that.

I have now been involved in Lent for three and half weeks. And I realize I said I was going to write a weekly blog post. Well that has not happened. I could go into what I think are reasons but really it comes down to I had no idea what to write about. I have been thinking and praying through what to write next and I landed on leadership. But something happened last week which reminded me before I get into leadership I need to discuss humility. As apart of Lent, I am reading a devotional every morning call the The Journey Through the Cross by Kendal Haug and Will Walker. I was able to find a free pdf version online. Each week they take a different theme to discuss. The first week is repentance and the second was humility. During this past week, I felt lead to re-read Humility: True Greatness by CJ Mahaney. I read this about three years ago and changed my perspective on how Jesus views life. So I read two chapters a day and I finished this morning. And I was on the last chapter. The plan that was in my head was to close the book and then talk to Sara about how great the book, which it is. However, God obviously had other plans. I was drinking a cup of coffee while I was reading. And I was talk a drink on the last page, when I clumsily spilled coffee all over the book and myself. Here is the picture to prove it:

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Now I am extremely proud when it comes to my books. I love to show off my collections and I do my best to protect them. This is one of my favorite books and one that God has used to change my life(By the way I highly recommend this book to everyone). My typical reaction would have been to yell and get upset. But all I could do was laugh for God wanted to make sure I did not use a book on Humility to bring pride to myself. Also Sara got a very good laugh at is as well.

Why talk about Humility first before leadership? Simply it is number one quality the Lord looks for in a leaders, see the verse above. I want to lead defined by what God define and ultimately this means I need to be humble. I have to fight against the desire for people to see me as the really great leader because ultimately it is Jesus Christ my Lord who makes me the leader. And without Him then I cannot lead. And so the first thing that I have learned about leadership is the need to kill pride and humbly serve the Lord.

I will say this I am not expert on humility even though I feel like I am after reading a book on it. But I think what Lent has shown me most is this is a lifelong discipline and it will take some time. I will say I have the best person in my life to help with this, Sara. She is constantly able to point out my pride and show me how I am not loving Jesus. And even if she does not say anything. Typically, the Holy Spirit shows me how I was prideful to her. I go and apologize. I will say this past week has given me a renewed vigor to kill pride and foster humility. And as last Sunday shows my clumsiness will always be there to show me how much I need this. And ultimately need Him.

 

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