1 Peter 5:6-7 – Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
In my life as a believer, and for fifty years in ministry, I have come to believe that one of, if not the greatest, obstacles to preparation for promotion is false humility. Take a moment to read Romans 12:3 in our Manna for Today. There you will read that God does not want us to think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think. Before you begin to consider what that kind of thinking is, you must first consider how highly your heavenly Father things of you. He calls you redeemed, sanctified, righteous, and wise. He says you are the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath. He calls you His heir and a joint heir with Christ. He says you are more than a conqueror. He says that as Jesus is in heaven, so are you in this earth. You can plainly see how highly Father thinks of each of His children.
So, what would it be to think more highly of oneself than one should? That answer is simple, but sadly, all-too-often completely overlooked. Any time someone chooses to allow his thinking about himself to run against what the Word of God says, he is thinking more highly of himself than he ought to think. Allow me to give you some common examples. Have you ever heard a Christian declare that he is only a sinner saved by grace? Therein is false humility. You see, the Word says a Christian is the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You cannot be that and a sinner saved by grace at the same time. You are either a sinner, or you are saved by grace which makes you the righteousness of God in Christ. Here’s another example. Have you heard someone say they’re not worthy to be called a child of God? Before you were born again, you weren’t worthy. But after you’ve been washed in the blood of Jesus and made the righteousness of God in Christ, you have been made worthy. In both these examples we see false humility.
But let’s not be deceived. In reality, false humility is nothing more nor less than pride. For a believer to say such things as I have described is to exalt his thinking above the thinking of the Lord. While it may appear to be humility, and even sound like it when the person saying it has been deceived into believing it, it is the furthest thing from humility. It is pride and arrogance of the highest order. Does anyone know more than God? Absolutely not! Romans 3:4 says we are to let God be true, and every man a liar. If God said it, that settles it. Never, I repeat, NEVER, allow yourself to descend into the hyper-arrogant and prideful place of speaking against what God has said about you. Failure here for the believer will completely cut off one’s preparation for promotion.
Manna for Today – 1 Peter 5:1-11; Matthew 24:45-47; Matthew 25:21-23; Luke 12:42-44; Luke 19:11-27; Matthew 23:12; Ephesians 4:8-16; Romans 12:1-21