I need to admit that I struggle with pride. It is not that of a self-inflating pride, or an egotistical pride, or an "I'm too good for this or that" kind of pride. It's the pride of independence. The pride that comes along with being self-sufficient, self-reliant, and financially dependent on no one other than myself. I am highly embarrassed to say that I am all-too-often proud of my autonomy.
But what about our call to humility? In the past few weeks, I have found myself praying that God would give me a more "humble heart", but what does that even mean? If you looked it up in a dictionary, you'd find something along the lines of this:
humility |(h)yoōˈmilitē| noun: a modest or low view of one's own importance; humbleness.So lately, I've been praying and striving to be a more humble woman, which has forced me to my knees over my pride issue. Spending much time in prayer and in reading through His Word, I have been reminded of the high calling that God has placed on His children to be full of humility. Conviction of this truth surfaces all throughout Scripture, and proves that any and all pride ultimately hinders a heart that seeks humility.
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." (Proverbs 11:2)
"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." (Ephesians 4:2)
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves..." (Philippians 2:3)
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." (Colossians 3:12)
Having a humble heart isn't just a "good" thing for us - it is absolutely necessary! If you have devoted your life to and put your hope in the living God who saves (1 Timothy 4:10), humble yourself before His throne. Allow Him to ravish you with His presence. Revel in exactly who He is and what He has done, can do, and will do in and through you. Please do not make the grave mistake of delighting in who you are or what you can do, because you will find yourself disappointed. Remember that apart from Him, we aren't capable of much, if anything at all!
Being reminded of the truth that humility is a necessity in the life committed to Christ, I have come to the realization that pride of any kind, as harmless as it may seem, will hinder you. It can easily cause you to become lazy, stagnant, or even resistant in your relationship with the Lord. Ask Him to open your eyes to the areas in your life in which you may be struggling with pride, and allow Him to fill and satisfy your heart! He is already delighted in you, so won't you find your delight in Him?
"For the LORD takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation."