So often I catch myself wanting to take the glory for the growth I have made in the past seven months, but in all reality it’s not about the work I have done – but it’s about the work that God has done in me.
Pride is often a sin that many of us struggle with while working on learning what it means to be humble. Being humble doesn’t mean thinking of yourself as less of a person, but it does mean recognizing that this life isn’t ultimately about you – however, it is first and foremost about our Creator.
Recently I have been learning what it means to consistently give all the glory to God because he wants nothing more for us than to be happy, to be able to count on Him daily, to find rest in Him, and to use Him as our strength through the difficult times. James 4:6 says, “But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” It says right here in His word that He will give grace to those are humble, but he will oppose those who are prideful.
According to the online dictionary “humble” means not proud : not thinking of yourself as better than other people. On the other hand “pride” is a feeling that you are more important or better than other people. Humility and pride are complete opposites from one another. It’s important to recognize when you are struggling with pride, because pride always comes before the downfall of a person.
I shared my testimony a couple of weeks ago with some women I have been meeting with for the past five months, when I sat down to write my story I wanted to make sure that they knew it wasn’t a story of the struggles I have been through, but it was a story about how incredibly and unbelievably faithful and good our God is.
It started like this, “This isn’t a time for me to talk about how many struggles I’ve been through or how far I have come in the past six years of my life – but, it is a time to reveal how good our God is and how unbelievably faithful He is to His children.” It was important for me to start like this because my life is a story that is written by God and this is a time that I can glorify Him.
It’s not always easy to give God all the glory, because as people we want to be praised, but that’s the devil slipping into our lives – that’s the devil trying to tell us that being prideful is somehow benefitting us. 1 Peter 5:5 says, “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” This verse mirrors exactly what James 4:6 says, this is because it is something that God wants from his children, for them to be humble.
As children of God we are called to become more Christlike on a daily basis, this involves practicing humility just as Jesus did. Philippians 2:5-8 says, “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
If there’s one thing I have learned in this battle of pride and humility, it’s that if you can learn to be humble in the smallest things, then eventually learning to be humble in the bigger victories will become easier. Being humble brings glory to God. Sisters, I challenge you today to start taking baby steps out of living in pride and self-centeredness and to start living in humbleness and fulfillment to the Lord.