This year the Lord has been teaching me so much about humility. As the year has progressed, God has been gracious to reveal to me that I feel entitled to be in control, to be the most successful and that I desperately want people to approve of me. I have always known that my pride does not please the Lord. He says that he opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. I have heard this verse and thought that my pride is somehow not that big of a deal. To me, pride has been a respectable sin.
The Lord has started showing me the ways that my pride affects my relationship with Him and with others. He has continued to point me back to Christ. In Philippians 2, Paul writes that we are to “have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” We are each called to take up our cross, to humble ourselves, just as Christ humbled himself. We are called to put on humility and repentance instead of pride and boasting. We are called to put others interests ahead of our own.
The way that God has been gracious to me is to show me that I can not be humble on my own. His love and grace are the only things that can sustain true humility. And he promises that as we put on humility and take off pride, as we take up our crosses and put off our selfish concerns we will find greater depths of joy and delight in Him. I pray that the Lord would continue to lead me, and all his children, down the path of humility to a greater understanding of his love and joy.
- Lindsay Shane