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Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously

June 22, 2012

Most people have a tendency to think too highly of themselves.  I do it more than I wish.  I hate discovering it’s happening because it generally happens in an embarrassing moment where humiliation is the result.

I’m left wondering if it’s easier to be humble than to be humiliated.  One is living in submission to God, not thinking more highly of oneself than we should.  The other is being puffed up (easily done), self-seeking (easily done), and self-serving (easily done) … leading to being tripped up at the most inopportune time (easily done).  Hmm … now I think it’s easier to be humiliated, but more desirable to be humble.

The last few months I’ve had the opportunity to preach/teach our congregation.  While I know I’m called to pastor a church, and I believe to start one, I’ve not really done much teaching except in small groups.  People in our church must have a true gifting of grace and mercy because I’ve listened to the messages on CD afterwards.  Maybe I’m my own worst critic, but they are awful.  And yet somehow God has used them to touch lives.  I’ve seen His hand move in spite of me.

The real root of it all is it’s not about us.  Any time we start thinking we’re “all that and a bag of chips” we will quickly find out we’re not.  Maybe we’re trying to fool our spouse, or co-workers and boss, or maybe just the person staring back at us in the mirror.  Against the standard of God, we’ll never measure up. So why are we trying to be more important than we are?  It would be better if we just take the approach of saying, “Lord, I can’t do anything of myself, so give me a heart that will follow You and listen to You today.”  After all, isn’t that what Jesus did?

John 5:19-20 … So Jesus explained himself at length. “I’m telling you this straight. The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. The Father loves the Son and includes him in everything he is doing.  (MSG)

Why should we consider ourselves anything more special than Him?  Yeah, when I put it like that it makes it very clear.  I don’t want to be a fool.  And I don’t want to have to be humiliated.  That being said, when we’re not trying to impress others, we can treat them with grace and mercy the way God does us.

Lord, teach me to be humble, not full of myself, and give me a heart that seeks You in all I do.

— Pastor Rick

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