KNEEL IN HUMILITY // Brian Brister
This past weekend, Pastor Josh spoke on humility: what it is and isn’t, how to live a life drenched in humility, the struggles of not being humble, and how God can and will place situations in our life to bring about humility. A life of humility is where we see the most growth in ourselves and our walk with God. It’s also how we open ourselves up to be the conduit through which God is able to reach others.
So, what is humility and how do I know if I have it?
This is a question that has bounced around in my brain for the better part of a decade. In the beginning, my mindset was that anytime anyone said "That was a good prayer" or "I loved the way you led worship today,” all I had to say was, ”Thank you! It was all the Lord." And then I'd be set. Humility. Achievement unlocked.
But Pastor Josh said, ”Whatever makes you kneel is a blessing” and ”God will use everything in your world to humble you."
Both of those statements spoke to me on such a real level because I’ve been there and I’ve experienced it. I began to realize that I was just saying words to those well-meaning people. While I believed the phrase to be true, I wasn’t saying it from a place of humility. I found myself waiting around outside after service for people to approach me to tell me how good I was. For years, I lived for it. I wasn’t being humble. I just wasn’t showing the world the immense pride that was overtaking my life.
I knew that the amount of pride I was hiding inside couldn’t be the way God intended for me to live, so I prayed for God to make me humble. Let me pause to say: it’s a prayer only if you’re 100% prepared to go through some stuff that will practically beat the pride and arrogance right out of you until there's nothing but humility left behind. It's not pretty, and it's not fun—but it works. God will meet you there. He’ll walk through those storms with you and when it’s 3am and you’re lying on your bedroom floor sobbing because you don’t know how you’ll ever make it to the other side, He’ll still be there. If you ask God for humility, I'm convinced that He will search every nook and cranny of your life to humble you–to bring you to your knees in a desire for a deeper relationship with Him.
A deeper relationship with God brings humility. And humility brings a deeper relationship with God and humanity. It's impossible to have one without the other.