Saturday, January 21, 2017

The Humility Test, Part 2

Jesus said, “Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:4). The Humility Test will reveal areas of pride in our hearts. See last week for Part 1.

Question #5: Do you have trouble submitting to authority? Yes or No
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution…Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are unreasonable” (1 Peter 2:13,18). Anyone can submit if we agree with those in authority, it’s when those masters are unreasonable that we have the problem. The only way we can submit to unreasonable authorities is through a humble heart that seeks to please the Lord.

Question #6: Are you unwilling to do humiliating jobs? Yes or No
Jesus said, “Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all” (Mark 10:43–44). This statement was revolutionary. No one had ever taught humility was a virtue and a slave was important.

Humility is willing to do any job God asks no matter how insignificant or undignified it might be. Being a servant doesn’t necessarily mean having a lowly position, but having a lowly heart. A person can be in a high position and still maintain a servant’s heart.

Question #7: Do you look down on anyone? Yes or No
Pride sets itself up in a higher position so it can look down on others. Humility never looks down on anyone. God tells us to regard others as more important than ourselves (Phil. 2:3). Humility doesn’t mean we put ourselves down, but we lift others up. All people are equally valuable in God’s eyes, but from our viewpoint others should be considered as more significant.

Question #8: Do you brag about your strengths instead of weaknesses? Yes or No
Admitting our weaknesses opens the way to receive God’s power. Paul said, “I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Cor. 12:9). Although it’s tempting to brag about our achievements, it’s better to keep silent and let the accomplishments speak for themselves. A chicken lays one egg and cackles about it, while a salmon lays 10,000 eggs and doesn’t say a word.

Grading Your Test
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, those are areas of pride in your life. “Clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time” (1 Peter 5:5–6)

The only one who can humble “yourself” is yourself. Humility shines the spotlight on God, not ourselves.
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