Sunday, August 17, 2014

~ "A slice of humble pie..."

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time..." (1 Peter 5:6)

Sometimes, even without realizing it, we may begin to believe that we are more important in this world than we really are.  The thought that a job can't be done by anyone but us, the belief that things will fall apart without our intervention, the patting of ourselves on the back because we accomplished some minor challenge - all characteristics of being human - can not only be harmful to our self esteem, especially if we fail at a task on any given occasion, but can be extremely dangerous in our walk with Christ.

We are not perfect.  We were perfectly created, but we are not perfect.  We make mistakes.  Plain and simple.  There are those who believe so strongly in what they have been taught that there is no room for argument.  They tend to take the view that if the rest of Christianity does not believe and function within their belief system, they are inferior.  Not so.  We are all children of God with the same opportunity for salvation as anyone else.  When we start to think that our "denomination" is the right one, that every other walk of the Christian faith is second to what we've been taught to believe,  we become arrogant and egotistical...not humble.

It's not unusual for us to worry about our "position and status".  We often desire that recognition that goes with doing a good job.  Peter reminds us to remember that God's recognition counts more than human praise and accolades.  God blesses us in his own way and his own time.  If we obey God regardless of our circumstances, and the circumstances surrounding us, he will, in his good time, either in this life or the next, lift us up.

Be humble, remain teachable and seek his crowns, not those of men.