Are You Living God’s Purpose With Humility or With Pride?
When we begin to live our life purpose it has to be through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. If we seek after our own purpose or accomplishing God’s purpose without His guidance, we’ll end up working hard by our own ability which can cause us to have pride and ego for the things we accomplish in God’s Name. Following our own path will lead us astray. We’ll be lead by our emotions, following this idea or that, while always wondering if we’re living God’s will or not.
Our own path can lead us to frustrating “dead-ends” causing us to waste valuable time, effort and even money. And our own path isn’t always fun. It can be dismal, bleak, depressing, frustrating and irritating. However, when we’re really committed to serving God’s purpose and plans for our lives with humility it’s fun, exciting and a great adventure. God will take us places we never thought we would go, or do things we never even thought we could do.
How do we end up on our own path? By beginning our life purpose with God in pride. We can also begin living God’s purpose with humility but begin thinking that all the great things we’re able to accomplish are because of who we are. Then we’ll begin to take credit for what God is doing through us instead of giving Him the glory. Thinking that the special plan God has designed for you is because you’re special and have earned it will cause you to kick yourself right out of God’s will for your life.
God won’t do the pushing, you’ll do it to yourself. Pride in ourselves is so loud it will keep you from hearing God. This means that you’ll cut yourself off from His guidance and the power He gives through your humility or your ability to be yielded to God. Working outside of God’s guidance will leave you to follow your own path which can never be fulfilled according to God’s plan.
What Is Humility and How Do We Keep A Strong Hold On it?
Here’s the definition of humility from Wikipedia:
Humility (adjectival form: humble) is the quality of being modest and respectful. Humility, in various interpretations, is widely seen as a virtue in many religious and philosophical traditions, being connected with notions of egolessness.
Here’s what the Bible has to say about humility:
1 Peter 5:6, Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
Pride will always get us into trouble with others because it makes us want to take credit for everything. I’ve had Christians take credit for the work I’ve done and it led me to never trust them again–EVER (because they never changed)! Pride will make you lie, cheat and steal to make yourself look better than what you are. But if you have it, you’re not stuck! God gave us humility. Humility is the antidote to pride. All we have to do is humble ourselves before God and He will exalts us over time as we learn to work with Him and understand how to take His lead while giving Him the credit for what we do. God will turn the mess pride can make in our lives into great opportunity and success.
Living God’s purpose with humility will empower you to live your purpose without the concern that you’ll be promoted, that you’ll succeed and that you’ll prosper in your efforts. God is going to make sure that every area of your life is more than taken care of so that you can live in peace and joy. You’ll grow in great wisdom and knowledge that many may not understand, but they will respect you and trust you as a person of God. This is the place where your ultimate purpose exists–your good Christian testimony that will help bring others to salvation.
So, we don’t have to keep a strong hold on humility. We just live it daily by respecting God as the authority and power behind our work through the work of Jesus Christ. There’s nothing we could ever do that would make us good enough to live God’s purpose on our own. We always serve God through the work of the cross which symbolizes Jesus Christ dying on the cross and His resurrection after three days. His work is the only means by which we can do anything for God. So there is no reason for pride, only thankfulness and humility to live and serve God by His grace.
For many, humility is a sign of weakness, but when we’re living our purpose with humility, we’re empowered to do those things which would otherwise seem impossible or too difficult to accomplish. It’s pride that will do us in. When pride wells up in our hearts, it can absolutely take our spiritual legs out from under us, and keep the strong arm of the Lord from being revealed in our lives.
Great Faith Is Derived From Great Humility
Faith is the only way we can communicate with God, act upon His guidance, follow His lead and accomplish His work. We are working with and obeying a God we cannot physically see or hear, so we need to use faith. A short definition of faith is believing what we cannot see. However, if we become prideful about what we’re able to achieve by faith, we’ll lose the only means of communication with God we have. This means cutting off God’s guidance for our personal lives, our purpose and our ability to obey God by faith to accomplish His will.
WE NEED HUMILITY RATHER THAN ARROGANCE in order to succeed and prosper in God’s purpose for our lives. Great faith cannot be divorced from great humility. Humility is a necessary ingredient for the soil of our heart, without which a healthy faith cannot grow.
For more information about how to live God’s purpose for your life in victory without pride and through the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, go to Successful Christian Living.