Humility – How Not To Obtain It

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 14:11 NKJV

Jesus taught us many things as He went from place to place.  One time He was invited to a wedding feast and as He watched the guests arriving and finding their seats He told this parable in Luke 14:7-12: So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you,‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.  But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you,‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Jesus’ teaching is practical and simple.  His instructions are straight to point out exactly what’s wrong – pride, self-promoting, exalting self.  He is clear on how to change – humble yourself.

When we choose to fight, strive or desire recognition,appreciation, honor and respect, we are exalting our self.  Jesus said “For whoever exalts
himself will be humbled.”  This I know from personal experience.  My life before I knew Christ was all about me, therefore, I had to be humbled.  Let me tell you it is not good, but painful to be humbled.

However, we have a choice. We can choose to humble our self. Look at the last part of what Jesus said “and he who humbles himself will be
exalted.”  Again, I tell you from my own experience, when I stopped trying “to make it happen” for myself, others beginning praising and honoring me, to which I reply by giving God the glory.

So that’s the challenge today.  Get our eyes off our self.  Focus on Jesus and His power working in us.  Watch how others react when we are no longer self-proclaiming but others oriented.

Lord Jesus, thank you for coming into our lives and straightening us out. Thank you we no longer need to strive for honor, because in you we have honor. Teach us humility by allowing others before us.  In your name we pray. Amen.

© ThinkOnIt Bible Ministries Inc. Written by Elizabeth Marks.

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