~ 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 5), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
We often dress up our pride to make it look like humility, but it is so painfully obvious to everyone else that it is pride . . . The only person that thinks pride looks good is the person who has it. We are historically motivated by self-confidence. We work a lot on building up our self-confidence – on puffing up our self-confidence building. But, despite our best efforts, our self-confidence building looks something like this:
We think we are looking great, but even the most casual external observer is acutely aware of our condition. And if our condition itself was not bad enough to make us want to flee from self-confidence, we would do well to realize that we have actually been a slave/ servant of this dilapidated self-confidence building our entire life. In other words . . .
We have been working SO HARD to look THIS BAD!
But what other option is there? “If I was to leave self out, what would I be left with?” When we take self out of the equation, the only thing that is left for us to hold on to is what Heaven has been offering us all along: God-confidence! And God is saying “children, please let go of self-confidence!” The God-Confidence Building is infinitely stronger than any self-confidence building!
God-confidence is safe. God-confidence is structurally sound. And do you notice something else? God-confidence is not a 3-story run-down building! God-confidence is stately. God-confidence is lifted up high. Sound familiar? Whoever exalts himself will be humbled. Whoever humbles himself will be lifted up! Try to make the Tower of Babel and you will be thwarted. Allow God to build you up and you will excel.
Not only will we excel by focusing on God-confidence, but we will actually get set free from years of bondage and slavery . . . the bondage and slavery that came from trusting in ourselves and constantly working to maintain the appearance of (and confidence in) a building that is falling over! So, how do we get set free?
Run away from the building of self-confidence and into the tower of God-confidence!
Notice that there is a dark cloud over the self-confidence building in this dichotomous picture (and a blue sky over the God-confidence building). Self-confidence buildings don’t get sunshine from God because His glory will not shine on self-confidence. In other words, God resists the proud. Run away from self-confidence and towards the tower of God-confidence!