Are you arrogant? Are you humble? Are you a little of both? Sometimes arrogant and sometimes humble? Do you know that being humble doesn’t mean allowing people to walk all over you?
We see a lot of arrogance in the world today. We see people who will take the smallest bit of being good at something and turn it into arrogance. Not only that, they will usually show arrogance toward someone who they know doesn’t have the skill they have. These people don’t account for the fact the other person likely has skills they don’t. It’s all about “one uping” the other person.
All of us have some skill that we can do better than others. Do we all have a world class skill? No. Yet we all have skills we have been blessed with. We know what they are. We know we are better at some things than we are others. We also know there are others who have skills we don’t have. So why do we need to be arrogant toward someone else?
It goes back to wanting to feel important. We want others to tell us we are good at something. We have a desire to fit in. We are looking for appreciation, acceptance, and worthiness. Yet we all look for that in the wrong places.
Jesus is our model of being humble. He had the very power of God in Him, yet He didn’t hold that over everyone else’s heads. He associated with the sinners of the world, often the worst of sinners. He healed the sick and forgave the prostitutes. He taught fishermen and tax collectors. He tolerated a thief to further the will of God. He also destroyed the arguments of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
If we truly want to find appreciation, acceptance, and worthiness, we need to be more like Jesus. We are told that when we humble ourselves before God, He will lift us up. We will be honored by God because we have humbled ourselves.
Humbleness is an attitude. It causes us to serve others. It prompts us to love others. It allows us to work with the less fortunate in our world. It helps us to be patient when teaching someone who is a bit slower at grasping the point. Being humble is an awesome way to show Jesus to those around us.
I pray each of us will be humble, truly humble and not simply acting humble. I pray each of us will submit to God in our humbleness and allow Him to lift us up as He sees fit. Be the humble servant of God. Trust He will lift you up at the right time. Know that God will keep His promises. Love God, love others.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.