Phl 2:1-4 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
Humility…that’s a huge buzz word these days. What does it mean to be humble? Literal definition: To be meek, not proud. Its not in our nature to be humble, I definitely know its not in my nature. You have to remember, one of the first things we are taught in school as kids is to be proud of your accomplishments, look after your own and look after yourself..because no one else will.
Pride, which is the antithesis to Humility, has been around for a while. Remember, Lucifer was thrown out of heaven, because of his pride. 1Ti 3:6 (speaking of those in leadership at church) …not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. (Emphasis mine)
Pro 16:18 Pride [goes] before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.
Pride is harmful to your soul. I know and love someone who is very prideful, he thinks he can handle anything that comes his way. Right now, he has no relationship with the Lord. He told someone close that: “he is tired of talking to someone who won’t answer back”…he was talking about God.
Now, I know what you would think automatically, that’s not a sign of pride. You would be right, its not. Its a sign of giving up, a sign of anger – hate even. But it started out as pride. It started out that he thought he was better at handling everything, better than God.
This young man started out wanting to know God, wanting to have that fire burn within him…but he let pride get in the way.
It was something simple, something that is normally over looked: he was proud of himself, or his accomplishments. So proud.
It didn’t take long for the pride to turn to confusion (Why didn’t God answer me the way I wanted Him to?); then the confusion to turn to despair (Why isn’t God answering me?); and the despair to turn to anger (Fine, I will do it…since God doesn’t have time). Then the anger turns into hate (I refuse to talk to someone who won’t answer me).
Pride is going to keep you from having a great relationship with God, no it will keep you from having a relationship with God. Period.
There are no in-betweens with sin, you can’t have it both ways (be prideful and serve God). As it says in Matthews 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon…”
Pride = loving yourself.
Humility = loving JOY (Jesus, Others, Yourself)
Luk 14:11 For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”