Proud to Be Humble

Quotable Quote:

“We can be too prideful for God to use, but not too humble.” 

I’ve heard it said of someone, “He’s a legend in his own mind.” We laugh, but being around such a person for very long isn’t a laughing matter! The person who’s always trying to impress others is not usually impressive to others.

My purpose is not to prompt us, at this point, to create our own little hall of fame of who could be in a gallery of prideful people. This does us no good. The issue is to assess our own prideful tendency.

I’m not always sure whether pride is prompted by too much ego or a defensive mechanism for too little self-esteem. No matter. What I do know is that God can’t fill us with Himself or use us as a conduit of His goodness when we are full of ourselves. Pride not only makes us useless to God, it makes us a danger to ourselves. “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)

On the other hand, humility is often portrayed in Scripture as a great attribute. You can’t teach a proud person anything, because they already think they know it all and can do it all. The humble, on the other hand, are teachable, even correctable. God can work with the humble person! “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way.” (Psalm 25:9)

But it’s difficult getting a grip on humility because humility is slippery. Just when you think you have a grasp of being humble, and proud of it, you’ve lost it!

The key is to develop the perspective of self-forgetfulness. If we center our attention first on God and secondly on others, then we’ll tend not to be self-centered. Jesus said, “’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it:’ Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (Matthew 22:37-39)

Yep! Keeping ourselves God-centered and people-centered are the best antidotes for being self-centered. The result is that we won’t have to work so hard at fighting pride and struggle so much to have humility.

“We can be too prideful for God to use, but not too humble.”


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