Have you ever noticed that proud people are actually boring? I mean they may have accomplished a great deal but after hearing of all their grandiose exploits many times over, again and again, doesn’t it get tedious to listen to? Add to that they are also very weak for the strength they rely on is solely their own; from their ‘self’ nature. They have no help from God. No, to have the help of God one must walk in the power of humility and servanthood.
The ugliness of pride in me
I have seen pride first hand, many times over, primarily in myself more than others. I have to admit that it looks really ugly. Have you seen that in yourself too? Before we went to the wilderness, I didn’t realize how much pride I had, but after God stripped everything away, I could not deny its presence. Now I loathe to go down that road again. Even with this blog and the podcast I fear too much of me is impeding Jesus coming forth. This is not a battle I enjoy.
When I lived by my pride, frustration, defeat and failure was commonplace. I was also exhausted for I had to rely solely on my strength to achieve whatever I wanted to achieve. Have you ever found yourself in a similar situation? It isn’t fun, is it? We constantly have to watch out for number one while stepping on all the little people as we scratch our way to the top. Exhausting, isn’t it?
Humility and servanthood opens doors
Thankfully, God broke us down in the wilderness. By stripping us of all that we held dear, I saw the ugliness of my pride. I saw in gory, technicolor details the horrid, insufferable ways I had relied on my ‘self’ to push my way forward. From this place of brokenness, I repented of my grievous selfishness.
Then God did something we did not expect. He opened doors we could have never opened on our own. Our humbled state of being His lowly servants left us relying on Jesus alone to provide for our every need, especially for food, clothing and shelter. It was a surprise to us when He would go before and provide us those necessities.
What our pride would not allow us to see in our former life was how Jesus longs to provide for each of His children. And yes, this means you. We were so determined to provide for ourselves we could not imagine God humbling Himself to provide for us, but that is exactly what He longs to do. This is the great mystery and power of our God.
Jesus is our humble God
Humility and servanthood are the very nature of Jesus and the Father. This is a concept our fleshy mind cannot comprehend. We want to serve a big, bold God who is as high and mighty as we are in our prideful arrogance. Frankly, I think many find the concept of a servant God as, well, humiliating, and beneath them.
When we follow pride we inevitably alienate ourselves from our Creator for prideful thinking is the opposite of His nature.
Instead of being an exalted, lofty, distant deity, Jesus understands even the most lowly of the low, precisely because He IS a servant. Without this nature He would be distant and unapproachable, but He is not. Even the most vile offender, the lowliest slave, the abused, poor and homeless, can relate to Jesus because He comes to us as a servant. Truly, what God is like our God?
The mystery and power of a humble, serving God
This power of humility and servanthood that Jesus gave to us as an example has power beyond our comprehension. It baffles us because it confounds our prideful ‘self’ nature. The humble servant has the backing and power of an almighty God while the proud person can only rely on their limited, earthy resources. Indeed, proud believers will find themselves continually blocked by the very God they claim to serve. This is the mystery of God we discovered on the path of uncompromising faith.
Homer and Wanda