God’s purpose depends on your humility.
Weird Al Yankovic isn’t the most spiritual guy in the world, but I have to confess to enjoying his parodies of popular songs. In one of them, “Amish Paradise,” a send-up of “Gangsta’s Paradise,” he employs a fairly obvious but still delightful little joke.
Think you’re really righteous? Think you’re pure at heart?
Well I know I’m a million times as humble as thou art.
Humility is a tough virtue. Read down the list of virtues–say the fruits of the spirit–and you’ll find that most of them can be perverted by the wrong spirit. You can be generous in order to impress other people with your generosity, for example. But is there another virtue that seems to just naturally defeat itself.
And still, humility is essential in the Christian life. Our walk with Christ has to start with humility. I have to recognize that I am not as pure and righteous as I’d like to think myself. I have to recognize that my problem with sin is one that I cannot solve myself.
I manifest a bit of humility and then suddenly I find myself taking pride in my humility. It’s tough, but it is essential.
If I’m going to learn God’s plan for my life, I have to put myself and my pride deep in the cellar. I have to accept that He is greater than me, remembering that every moment of the day. Or at least as much as I can. It’s hard, like I said.
- What parts of your life make it hardest for you to be humble?
- Are there areas in your life where you have justified pride? Is that possible?
- Pray that God will help you to have whatever measure of genuine humility you can manage this week.