~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can hear the whole sermon, The Role of Humility in Our Lives (part 3), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
We are often so worried about protecting and promoting ourselves that we don’t care for others. God says, “care for others and I will care for you!” When Jesus talked with His disciples, He told them not to worry about all the things the gentiles worry about: food, clothing, etc. (Matt 6, Luke 12) Instead, He told them to go after what God is after – to “seek first the Kingdom.”
Even if we want to be about God’s business, we often worry that if we don’t look out for “me” nobody else is going to look out for “me.” But God has said “seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and ALL THESE THINGS will be added to you.” The Father says “I will be about your business – get YOU off your mind – I’ve got you!” God is a good Father – He is not missing anything!
Your Heavenly Father knows what we need even before we ask! The trouble is we are questioning God’s awesome provision – not having allowed Him to take over. We complain about being in the ditch, not having allowed Him to drive. We see the fruits of self-effort and blame God as though He was behind the wheel. God is saying “just let me know when you want Me to take over.” “If you are doing it my way,” says God, “your job is to concern yourself with others. And when you do that, that triggers me to take care of you.” That’s the promise of the Father. His promise is not “don’t worry about you and don’t worry about anyone else either and then I will take care of you.” We have to get into agreement with Heaven. Heaven says “take care of others and I will take care of you.” This is the position of humility and it is pure wisdom!
If you had a multibillionaire offer to take care of you for the rest of your life – if you would help a needy group of people – would you do it? That is like God’s offer in Matthew 6:33! God will give us the provision to take care of them and He will take care of us for the rest of our lives too! The majority of believers (including this writer) tend to turn God down on that offer, though. We say “I don’t have time for them . . .who is going to take care of me?” And that leaves us right back where God left off with us. He has made an offer. He has said, “I will lift you up if you humble yourself to serve. He has said I will provide for you, I will take care of you – and I know what you need and I want to give you good gifts.” But He has also said, “start being about my business – other people – and then I will be about yours.” Seeking first the Kingdom is a humble decision – but a decision that trusts in God’s ability to care for us extravagantly.
We can read and read and read His promises, but we don’t necessarily believe them. The Creator of the Universe, who paves his driveway with gold said He will take care of us, but we keep taking care of us. But God is saying to us “I really want to take you to another level, but to go to another level, you’ve got to get this. This is the staircase to the that level.” Humility is how you climb the mountain of God and humility is about others – and takes on a servant’s heart.