Published on December 14th, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Creflo Dollar: TRUE HUMILITY
Humility is a widely-misunderstood word. Most people think a humble person is overly shy or bashful and always stays in the background. However, true humility isn’t displayed by groveling or letting others use us as doormats; it’s agreeing with God’s Word. Being humble enough to set aside our own opinions and agree with what God says always puts us in the right, and allows Him to exalt us without any self-effort on our part.
Godly humility involves a great deal of self-respect, and is marked by a refusal to let others devalue us. “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Psalm 139:14). We’re God’s workmanship; therefore, we’re wonderful. This “wonderfulness” isn’t because of anything we do, but because God made us.
We see false humility in the world when others pretend to be pious and humble, but deep down have ulterior motives. People can see right through that. In the Old Testament, Moses displayed true humility. “Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3, NIV). Moses agreed with God and had the courage to do what He told him to do, despite the people’s opposition and grumbling.
We demonstrate humility by doing what we hear God tell us in our hearts. This differs from what the world tells us to do, and it makes us bold and outspoken. Godly humility requires the courage to stand up to the crowd when it tells us we’re wrong and it’s right. “He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way” (Psalm 25:9, NIV). Trusting God to this degree sets us apart from others who let popular opinion determine what they do.
Being humble is the opposite of being self-centered. A self-centered person puts their own selfish interests first. Taking ourselves out of the center of the situation and instead putting God’s Word there allows Him to exalt us. Jesus explained this to the Pharisees in a parable.
When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted (Luke 14:8-11, NKJV).
God loves us and wants the best for us. If we forget this, we can make the mistake of trying to ingratiate ourselves with others in an attempt to impress them with false humility. Trying to make ourselves look good before others can eventually lead to our own shame and humiliation; humbling ourselves before God lets Him put us where He wants us. “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up”(James 4:10).
God’s definition of humility is the complete opposite of the world’s definition. If we trust anyone but Him in this area, we’re on shaky ground. Agreeing with Him and aligning our thinking with His Word keeps us in safe territory.