In last weeks Facts we emphasized the fact that God takes offense when we take the glory to ourselves, I will not yield my glory to another. (Isa. 48:11). We saw Gods severe dealings with Herod and Satan. (Acts 12:21-23; Isa. 14:13-15)
By way of comparison, God clearly honors the humble, "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the
heart of the contrite. (Isa. 57:15) (See Rom. 12:16)
I grew up in a family where you were severely judged by your family pedigree, the letters after your name, the universities you had attended, whom you knew, where you lived, your net worth, etc. Words like censorious, supercilious, judgmental, exclusivity, and snob come to mind.
In my 20s after university, God took me to the woodshed in dealing with this issue of pride. While receiving discipleship training from the Navigators at their headquarters, I was assigned the jobs of packing and shipping Navigator materials. In those days all I could think about was my dad, my uncle and my two cousins, all highly accomplished professionally. God forcefully impressing upon me, Dwight I will not use you until this ugly pride of yours is rooted from your life. How many times did I weep over Jesus word, I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (Jn. 12:24)
In my agony of soul I told God, I will pack boxes the rest of my life if that is your choice for me. Forgive me and cleanse me from my insufferable pride. Over the years, God has worked with me on this issue, but I have to tell you that taking the glory to myself still rears its ugly head from time to time. Having a healthy appreciation for James 4:6, – "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble" – helps as me I do serious business with God in this area of my life.
QUESTION: Does the prayer of your heart resonate with psalmist who cried, Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Or with Pauls powerful statement, May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world? (Psa. 115:1; Gal. 6:14)
APPLICATION: Would you prayerfully ponder the following synonyms for pride and humility, and then ask God where you stand on this issue of taking the glory to yourself?
Pride: Arrogance, conceit, smugness, self-importance, over high opinion of oneself, haughty, delight in ones achievements and possessions, insolent, egoism, self-glory, self-opinion, cockiness, over confidence, and self-assured.
Humility: Lowly, meek, submissive, unassuming, unobtrusive, unpretentious, modest, unostentatious, acquiescent, and compliant.
Ask yourself: For whose glory am I living? His or mine? If its for your glory, what changes must you make today?Views: 28