Within the past few weeks, I’ve caught myself touting the work and the church/organization that I serve. Because I’m so excited about what is happening today and about our exciting future, I hear myself spout numbers and stats about our growth. I talk about the accomplishments of the staff and leaders and how so many have stepped up to the plate. I tell stories of people whose lives God has changed through our environments and ministries.
But isn’t this vanity? Isn’t this against what God wants me to do? How can I be proud of where I serve and be humble at the same time? Is that even possible?
After a quick Biblical refresher, I found that the key is in the meaning of the word “Humble.” Basically, to be humble means to become low in the sense that I put something else higher.
For me as a Christ-follower, I am “humble” when I live under the reality that the Lord has ultimate control over everything in my and the world. I am “humble” when I acknowledge in my guts that without Him, I can’t accomplish anything. I am “humble” when I point out that the gifts, talents and abilities that I use to communicate a message are coming from Him and Him alone.
Yes, I’m going to be excited when I feel He used me to add value and leadership to those around me. It is how He has wired me up. And, in all humility, I’m proud of that.
How can you remember to put God first about your abilities?