The Nehemiah Project
(Blog entry by Daniel Kinnaird)
Humility has been on my mind a lot this week. I’m painfully aware of the consequences of a lack of humility — which we call pride.
As I prayed and listened to God, He explained humility in a way that I could understand. He said, “Humility is making yourself low so that God doesn’t have to bring you low.”
In Philippians 2, one of my favorite passages in scripture, Paul talks about humility. He says, “Don’t be selfish. Don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.”
There’s all sorts of questions that pop into my head as I read this. Because, if I’m honest, I think there are people who are not better than I am. People who hurt others aren’t better than me. People who have gone to prison aren’t better than me, right? I’m more self-controlled than some people and certainly don’t make a fool out of myself like that guy.
But then Paul gives us an example in Philippians 2:6-11.
“You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had… He gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he was human, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on the cross.”
Now I have to stop. Jesus is better than me. Jesus’ life is more valuable than mine. And he didn’t see himself as better than others? He humbled himself to the point of being a slave? He humbly obeyed God all the way to being tortured to death?
According to Paul and Jesus, I’m wrong every time I think I’m better than someone else . . . every time I think my ideas are better or smarter than someone else’s ideas.
If I’m honest, there are a lot of things I’ve done in my past that have been done not in humility but out of pride. There are times when I have not considered others better than myself. How do I fix what I’ve done in the past? How to I make repairs for what’s already been broken?
2 Chronicles 7:14 talks about that: “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
This is my work: Humble myself. Choose to obey God. Repent.
James 4:6 “… God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4:10 “Humble yourself before the Lord and He will lift you up.”
To read more about the Nehemiah Project, click HERE.
September 11th – Pastor Jerry Ingalls will be preaching on Nehemiah 1: Recognizing the Need