A Little Humble Pie For Dessert?
Along with being a Teen Challenge director, I am also a senior pastor of TC Connection church and I love to preach! Yesterday I preached on humility… I felt good about how everyone received the message and was grateful for the positive response. I always say that before I preach a message, that I preach the message to myself many times ovr. Boy, was that true this week. This week I have had some wonderful opportunities to practice what I preach – not that I wanted too! I love/hate that the Lord will use the very words out of my mouth to speak to me. And that is wonderful… BUT, then I have to choose to apply them to my life.
This week I had to opportunity to admit I was wrong; admit I had made a mistake and then had the opportunity to go to the person and apologize. Then right after that, I had to suck it up again – even though every part of my being wanted to shout out: “Don’t you know who I am? What are you thinking? What do you mean doing that to me?” I had to start talking to myself: “What would Jesus do?” “How would Jesus handle this situation?” Then the Holy Spirit quietly reminded me of the following:
- The King of Kings and Lord of Lords put on the frailty of human flesh – all for the likes of me.
- Jesus was reviled; lied about; put down – all for the likes of me.
- Jesus, humbled himself to the point of the cross – all for the likes of me.
- Then, people like Peter and Paul, humbled themselves to be true servants to share the gospel of Christ – all for the likes of me.
I could keep going, but if my Lord and great men of the faith can walk in humility in the great big things, I need to put myself in check if I am not willing to humble myself in the day to day things. I need to admit when I am wrong; say I am sorry when I hurt someone; be willing to serve even when it is not easy… And, at ALL times be quick to lift up the name of Jesus – by my actions.
I don’t know if you have had to eat any humble pie lately… If you have, you might want to look at the picture above – I love what the words on the picture says: “Starves the ego and nourishes the soul.” In order for any of us to keep growing in the Lord, we MUST be those who are willing to walk humbly before our Lord; stay needy before His banquet table and not be those who exalt ourselves. My prayer today is “Lord, humble pie isn’t that tasty, but I am willing to eat it! I am willing to do whatever it takes to glorify your name.” #maychristbeglorified