This is an excerpt taken from the teaching at Calvary Temple in Sterling, VA, by Pastor Star R. Scott entitled In Due Time
Don’t shy away from success–natural success, preeminence, exaltation, abundance, authority, prominence–and think that that’s humility. If God is the source of your blessing, your preeminence, or your prosperity, then the way you respond to that is the expression of humility in your life. Do you humbly go around saying, “God just blessed me,” but you know you’re better than everybody else? Or is there a true recognition in your heart as God is the source? You don’t have to possess these things to establish any self- worth or personal value, and you don’t need any of these things to believe in the goodness of God. Pride believes that gain is godliness.
“I’ve got these things because I’m spiritual. I’ve got these things because I deserved them.”
Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Tim. 6:6). Do you feel that the more you get, the easier life is, and the more you obtain that you must be doing right and pleasing God?
“I’m going through some trials. Things aren’t working out. God has deserted me.”
God may be testing and purifying you. He may be humbling you, but He doesn’t love you any less. You can never experience true humility when you’re trying to earn God’s acceptance. There needs to be a rest in that relationship, an assurance of who you are. Humility comes when you know who you are in Jesus Christ, accepted in the Beloved.
So often we think of ambition and preeminence in the realm of work. We think of the workaholic, the type A personality, and these types of things. It’s really about an attitude. “And [Jesus] spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others” (Luke 18:9). Are you holier than everybody else? Do you know a little better than everybody else? Are you the one that hears from God beyond what anybody else can hear? Are you the one with special revelation? Are you the one that has new understandings? Are you the one that always hears the word of the Lord to set course in a given situation? Are you pliable in your oversight of your family, or are you always right? Nobody is always right. We’re dealing with heart attitudes and perception. The quietest, most meek appearing person among us can have the strongest stranglehold of pride on their lives. It is all how you see yourself.
“I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted” (18:12-14). Do you know it all? Are you wiser than your counselors? You know more than Mom and Dad? Do you know more than husband? Is there always an elevated opinion of your opinion? I am not talking about a false humility that says, “I don’t have any input.” How about just letting yours be on the level with everybody else’s and letting God choose what’s best? Put in your two-cents worth. But do you have to defend it? Are you afraid to put it in because it might be rejected or you might look stupid? Are you afraid to put it in because people might perceive you’re being proud and trying to take over? You might have the answer, but you don’t always have the answer. Are we going to inject our knowledge or our understanding because it will be helpful to somebody or because it will be seen as being helpful to somebody? What are the real motives?