Humility first

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Proverbs 18

12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty,

And before honor is humility.

Proverbs 15

33 The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom,

and humility comes before honor.

1 Peter 5:5 & James 4:6

“God resists the proud,

But gives grace to the humble.”

Can we agree today that pride is our enemy? Every time it sticks up its ugly head, pride gets between us and God. Every time I absorb the praise of men or take credit alone for my work, I am in sin for not reflecting the glory to Whom it belongs. Pride, our desire to be better than someone else, to prove ourselves worthy, or to make others think better of us, is something to fight against every day.

Notice that the Proverbs verses do not tell us that we cannot have honor, they tell us not to seek honor but to seek humility. It is the humble person who quietly does their job well, who does not seek the praise of others, but knows what they need to do and without fanfare, just does it. In humility, we might never be recognized for our work, but we know it is important and that we are doing it first for the Lord.

We need to look at Joseph who did his job for Potiphar and then did his job for the prison warden. Joseph was a slave with a vision of God’s purpose for his life. Joseph could never attain that purpose as a slave, but he consistently did what was in front of him in places of great humility. There were no gifts, no ceremonies, and no apparent purpose for his work, but he worked anyway. In the end, we see that God was preparing Joseph in humility to serve Him with great honor.

Whatever we do today, let us do it as to the Lord not unto men knowing that we are serving the Lord Jesus Christ. This is not our job, our work, or our projects, they are the Lord’s and we are serving Him. In the end, the more humbly we serve the more God will raise us up to where He wants us.

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