By Dan Polecheck
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor. – James 4:10
A man received a promotion to the position of Vice President of the company he worked for. The promotion went right to his head, and for weeks and weeks he bragged to anyone and everyone that would listen that he was now a Vice President. His wife, who was embarrassed by his behavior, said, “Listen Bob, this Vice President thing is not that big a deal. These days everyone is a vice president. They even have a Vice President of corn down at the supermarket!”
Being somewhat deflated, Bob called the local supermaket to find out if this was true. “Can I speak to the Vice President of carrots please?” he asked, to which the reply came: “Vice President of fresh or frozen?”
Have you ever let your pride get out of hand? Have you ever become a legend in your own mind? As much as I hate to admit it, I have. How do you go about humbling yourself so that your pride does not turn you away from God, but allows you to honor God with what He has helped you to accomplish.
There are several steps that can be taken to humble yourself:
Daily confess your sins to God. Every human being sins and falls short of honoring God. A daily review of our shortcomings and plea for forgiveness from God is a good first step toward humility.
Find an accountability partner and share your shortcomings with them. By humbling ourselves to others, it shows God that we are willing to be humble. It is imperative that your accountability partner be someone that you can trust.
Purposely and actively submit to those whom God has placed as authorities in your life. Doing so is a good way to humble yourself.
Calmly receive criticism and feedback. Thank them for caring enough about you by sharing the information. Pray and ask the Lord what He is trying to teach you through this.
Take on a servant attitude. If you find yourself wanting to be at the head of the table, step back and look at the reason you want that position. Is it because you want to serve, or that you want the glory?
Forgive quickly. Forgiveness is possibly one of the greatest acts of humility we can do and is a denial of self.
Develop an attitude of gratitude. A grateful heart is a humble heart.
Speak well of others. It builds them up and edifies them while glorifying God.
Commit to a lifestyle change. You must begin to die to yourself daily and begin living through Him. This is the foundation of humility.
Is this going to be easy? No. It will be hard, but we must realize that everything we do on this earth should be done to edify others and to glorify God.