1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do ALL to the glory of God.”
All includes ministry! To God’s glory! “Someone has well said that a believer who boasts because of a ministry which God performs through him is like a mouse who crosses a bridge with an elephant and brags, ‘We sure shook that bridge, didn’t we?’” (“Elephants and Mice”; taken from Foundations, combined pastoral staff)
A humble person would seek to give God the glory and not themselves. The Bible reminds us 1.) That our LORD loves humility and 2.) That it is something we ought to pursue, looking to Christ as our example.
1 Peter 5:5 says, “You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for GOD IS OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”
Philippians 2:5-8 continues, “Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, HE HUMBLED HIMSELF by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Proverbs 15:33 also states, “The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, and before honor comes HUMILITY.”
Paul reminds us that MINISTRY IS ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE and that if we do good things with the wrong motives they are not profitable.
1Corinthians 13:3 says, “And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.”
Jeremiah writes about pride too. “Thus says the LORD, “Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind, and makes flesh his strength, and whose heart turns away from the LORD.” (Jeremiah 17:5)
Our hearts are sick and deceitful! May we fear our own pride and how much harm we can cause by trusting in ourselves! I know we all need to pray that we would have humble hearts; that we would be dependent on God always, even in our service unto Him. (Proverbs 3:5-7)
Even when we find ourselves prideful, though, we still have hope. The Bible says that because of Jesus’ work on your behalf, you can come boldly to God in prayer when you struggle with any sin – even pride. Hebrews 4:15-16 says, “We do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” How great is that! We CAN ask our Lord to help us have a clean heart and to help us pursue humility and Christ-likeness!
To God be all praise and Glory!
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