Humbleness is a trait many of us assume we have, and to some degree that is true. As Christians, we need to watch out as we may be unconsciously using humbleness to cover our real intentions.
During the ’60s one of the greatest boxers to ever come out and took the whole world by storm. The boxing champ Cassius Clay was starting out his career and was really shining in his sport. He kept on rising and was seen as one of the best. Later on, as his fame started rising higher, he took the name, Muhammad Ali.
Perhaps one irritating thing about the talented boxer was the fact that he bragged a lot. He went around telling anyone he could that he was the greatest. The frustrating thing about all these is that he speaks the truth, there is no denying his claims. However, just because it is true doesn’t mean that it can be an excuse for boastfulness and pride.
Humbleness, Not An Act To Do But A Trait To Pursue
We all know the fact that one way or another we are great. Even Jesus speaks of our greatness but us being great is not an avenue for boasting. Take a look at Jesus, He is the greatest servant of all for what He did for us; He is the greatest, the one above all in the kingdom of God yet not once do we think of Him as arrogant or boastful.
He was always humble throughout His stay with us. The opposite is true for us, though we do try to be humble, we need to admit that motivations for doing what we do are for the sake of better positions or recognition.
Why do we work so hard? Why do we volunteer? Why do we serve? Why do we do the things we do? We do this because deep down we want the recognition of it, the promise of something better and the evidence to back up our bragging.
Jesus discourages such a mindset. We are expected to show the trait of humbleness just like He did. He wants us to try and serve sincerely because it is a form of thanksgiving, not because we want to brag. It is not a shame to feel pride when we do something or are good at something, however, it must be done in moderation and humbleness must remain on top.
Did this hit too close to home for any of us? If so, pray and reflect and take a listen to “Lord I Lift Your Name on High” and appreciate the wisdom of Jesus.