~ 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.
“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” (James 3:17-18)
Family is prime pride territory. We are so quick to recognize how someone we love may be doing something wrong to us. It may even be the 10,000th time they have done it to us . . . and that offends us because we tend to be all about US! That’s pride. We are so concerned with how everyone affects us that we don’t affect others well. We need to get “me” off our minds! We ought to be able to absorb people’s issues from time to time – and, in so doing, light The Father’s face up. Look at the humility of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane as Judas kisses His cheek!
Pride is about us. Humility is about God and others. Humility is the most protected place you can be. The devil would try to lie to you and tell you it is the most vulnerable place that you can be, but it is actually the MOST protected place that you can be, because you come into The Father’s protection. He says “I’ve got you, don’t worry about it. I look for the humble and I lift them up!” God is high and lofty and He dwells with those who have a humble spirit.
God has us! If we will put off this demonic influence of pride and take on the cloak of humility . . . God says “now we’re talking; now we’re walking, and you are going to see my glory. And I will give you something that is the most incredible thing in all of the universe – grace.” Grace will come all over us in our lives if we choose to walk in humility with the human race and before God.
If you want to get these truths more deeply, we would encourage you to read James 3 this week. Remember, when James says “self-seeking,” he is describing pride. When he talks about “wisdom from above,” he is describing humility. Read the comparison that is there; it is telling. Then talk with your own heart and decide “heart, where are we going to be with this the rest of our days?” Pride is after self-glorification. That is of satan. Kick it out. Have nothing to do with it. God says “just love them and I will take care of you.”