~ 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 6), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
Both pride and humility are lenses through which we view the world.
To the humble, God is the distinct backdrop to all the elements of their lives. There is nothing a humble person can think about without thinking about God. They see God behind everything good. To the humble person, a simple act (such as enjoying a tasty apple pie) is yet another opportunity to recognize and be thankful for God’s marvelous handiwork – in creating apples! Humility sees the hand of God all throughout life. Humility also sees how God has used others to bless us. Humility recognizes all the people in our lives that have been a part of shaping us into who we are.
Humility says “I would not be what I am today if it was not for all of these relationships around me that have helped keep me on course.”
Pride on the other hand says “I am what I am because of ME – because of what I have done.”
Pride only sees itself; it is utter deception. True, Biblical humility, on the other hand, is completely and utterly dependent upon God. Humility recognizes that the very breath in our lungs is a gift from God.
Humility is inter-dependent.
Pride is independent.
God did not design us as independent beings. The thoughts of the proud sound like: “I’ve got it . . . I’m in control . . . I don’t need any help.” The thoughts that come from humility simply recognize the reality of our life: “Lord, you made me dependent . . . I am very dependent on You.”
And, when we are dependent on God, He affords us wisdom, protection, and the ability to minister to the needs of all those around us. But that ability does not come from independence. It comes from dependence on God!
As Andrew Murray said, humility is “the place of entire dependence upon God.”
We often resist the idea that we are dependent, but the reality is, we don’t know what is going to happen in 5 minutes – let alone know how to control what is going to happen in 5 minutes! Now, if we had all the wisdom there was to have, we probably could know what is going to happen in 5 minutes and know a way to control that future event. If we had that sort of control, we would indeed be able to be completely independent . . . but we are not.
Dependency is a reality.