The mines King Solomon's part 22

395 mines koenig salomos part 22"They did not ordain me, so I'm leaving the church," Jason complained with a bitterness in his voice that I had never known before. "I did so much for this church - I did Bible study, visited the sick, and why on earth did they ... ordain ...? His sermons are to fall asleep, his Bible knowledge is poor and unfriendly he is still! "Jason's bitterness surprised me, but something far more serious was revealed on the surface - his pride.

The kind of pride that God hates (Spr 6,16-17) is overestimating one's own person and depreciating others. In Proverbs 3,34, King Solomon points out that God "mocks the scoffers." God opposes those whose lifestyle causes them to purposely refrain from relying on God's help. We all have to fight with pride, which is often so subtle that we do not even notice how it affects us. "But," continues Solomon, "he will give grace to the humble." We have the choice. We can let our thoughts and behavior be guided by pride or humility. What is humility and what is the key to humility? Where to start? How can we choose humility and receive from God all that he wants to give us?

Multiple entrepreneur and author Steven K. Scott tells the story of a multi-million dollar rich entrepreneur who employed thousands of employees. Although he had everything money could buy, he was unhappy, bitter, and quick-tempered. His employees, even his family, found him unbearable. His wife could not stand his aggressive manner and asked her pastor to talk to him. The pastor listened to the man's talk about his accomplishments and quickly realized that pride ruled the heart and mind of this man. He claimed to have built his own business out of nothing. He would have worked hard for his university degree. He bragged about having done everything himself and he did not owe anything to anyone. Then the pastor asked him, "Who changed your diapers? Who fed you as a baby? Who taught you to read and write? Who gave you the jobs that enabled you to complete your studies? Who serves you the food in the canteen? Who cleans the toilets in your company? "Entering, the man lowered his head. Moments later, he admitted with tears in his eyes: "Now that I think about it, I realize that I did not do it all on my own. Without the kindness and support of others, I would probably have achieved nothing. The pastor asked him, "Do not you think that they deserve a little gratitude?"

The man's heart has changed, apparently from one day to the next. In the following months he wrote letters of thanks to each of his employees and to all those who, as far as he could remember, had contributed to his life. Not only did he feel a deep sense of gratitude, but he treated everyone around him with respect and appreciation. Within a year, he had become a different person. Joy and peace had replaced anger and turmoil in his heart. He looked years younger. His employees liked him because he treated them with respect and respect, which, thanks to true humility, was now evoked.

Creatures of God's Initiative This story shows us the key to humility. Just as the entrepreneur understood that he could achieve nothing without the help of others, so we should understand that humility begins with the insight that we can do nothing without God. We had no impact on our entry into existence and we can not boast or claim to have produced anything good on our own. We are creatures thanks to the initiative of God. We were sinners, but God took the initiative and approached us with his indescribable love (1 Joh 4,19). We can not do anything without him. All we can do is say, "Thank you," and rest in truth as the Called in Jesus Christ - accepted, forgiven, and unconditionally loved.

Another way to measure size Let's ask ourselves, "How can I be humble"? Proverbs 3,34 was almost 1000 years after Solomon wrote his wise words, so true and timely that the apostles John and Peter drew on them in their teachings. In his letter, which often deals with submission and service, Paul writes: "All of you should ... humbly clothe yourselves" (1 Petr 5,5, butcher 2000). With this metaphor, Peter uses the image of a servant, who ties a special apron and thus announces his willingness to serve. Peter said, "Be ready to serve one another humbly." No doubt Peter was thinking of the Last Supper when Jesus girded a shawl and washed the feet of the disciples (Joh 13,4-17). The term "girding" used by John is the same used by Peter. Jesus took the apron and made himself the servant of all. He knelt down and washed their feet. In doing so, he introduced a new way of life in which the measure of how much we serve others is measured. Pride looks down on others and says, "Serve me!" Humility bows to others and speaks "How can I serve you?" That's the opposite of what's happening in the world, where you're being asked to manipulate, stand out and to put oneself in a better light before others. We worship a humble God who kneels before his creatures to serve them. That's amazing!

"Do as I have done you" To be humble does not mean that we think inferior or have a low opinion of our talents and character. It's certainly not about representing yourself as nothing and nobody. Because that would be a twisted pride, who strives to be praised for his humility! Humility has nothing to do with assuming a defensive stance, wanting to have the last word or cutting down others to demonstrate its superiority. Pride inflates us so that we feel independent of God, consider ourselves more important and lose sight of Him. Humility causes us to be subject to God and to acknowledge that we are totally dependent on Him. This means that we do not look upon ourselves, but turn to God, who loves us and sees us better than we can.

After washing his disciples' feet, Jesus said, "Do as I have done you." He did not say that the only way to serve was to wash one's feet, but gave them an example of how they live should. Humility constantly and consciously looks for ways to serve. It helps us to accept the reality of being in the world, thanks to God's grace, his vessels, his bearers and representatives. Mother Teresa was an example of "active humility". She said that she saw the face of Jesus in the faces of all those whom she had helped. We may not be called as the next Mother Teresa, but we should just care more about the needs of our fellow human beings. Whenever we are tempted to take ourselves too seriously, it is worth remembering the words of Archbishop Helder Camara: "When I perform in public and a large audience applauds and cheers me, then I turn to Christ and Just tell him, Lord, this is your triumphal entry into Jerusalem! I'm just the little donkey you ride on ".

by Gordon Green


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