High End Humility

September 26, 2013 — 2 Comments

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. – James 4:10

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. – 1 Peter 5:6

Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God. – Jesus, Matthew 19:24

I don’t think that it is bad to have nice things. I also don’t think we have to take a vow of poverty in order to be children of God. But I do think there is a fine line between liking nice things and becoming materialistic. On our latest trip to San Jose we took a detour to Santana Row before going to the airport. This place had a range of high end shops, so we browsed. Clarence’s favorite was the Tesla store and mine was Cocola. I think about this topic often, staying humble, even frugal while allowing myself to receive nice gifts should they come my way. I believe it can be done. After all, Esther was a Queen and David was a King during their lifetimes and they were children of God.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the matter.

love-lezlie

2 responses to High End Humility

  1. 

    Humility is soooo hard when surrounded with nice, luxurious things, don’t you think? Esther walked the line with poise, David tried to but I can’t help thinking that it was his pride in his power and position as king that made him think it was ok to take Bathsheba and arrange for the murder of her husband. Somehow nice things tend to make us think WE are better because they reflect our value just by having them. I think it’s not just material things but other gifts an talents as well. When I used to write Christian songs I struggled with the pride of knowing that people would think I was special because I wrote and sang them. Then The Lord put on my heart that I didn’t write them – HE gave them to me. My humility lasted about an hour an then I thought – “But He gave them to ME! Not to someone else”. Pride in even spiritual gifts can seep in if we aren’t wary. Thankfully God humbled me again by showing me ALL the other singer songwriters He had inspired with songs – many of them popular an receiving attention, soothing souls and ministering to His people while only a few would ever hear the ones he gave me! It was possible that the songs He gave me were for ME alone and how could I take pride in knowing that HE recognized the need in my own soul so much they he gave me songs to minister to me? I was reminded instantly that He is Holy and Perfect and I am nothing! Humbled again. Lol

  2. 

    That is such a great point about spiritual gifts as well. It’s so easy for pride to sneak in, isn’t it? I had a pastor tell me once to stay humble, stay on my knees in prayer. It definitely helps.

Love.

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