True Humility

Jun 28, 2013 by

True Humility

“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor” (James.4:10).

“O people, the Lord has told you what is good…to walk humbly with your God” (Micah.6:8).

As I wrote my blog on Dr. Charlie Culpepper (see C.L. Culpepper: A Life of Love and Humility and Power!), I recalled the many times that our dear friend ministered to me while he was in our home. From his many years on the mission field, he had a wealth of experiences and he loved to recount them to those with listening ears. There was one particular occasion when he told me a story that has blessed me for over 35-years.

I’ve shared with you before how as I grew up the church was very much a part of my daily life. I was in church for 9-months before I was born, and by the time I was eight, it would not be unusual for me to be in the building everyday! (i.e. – We had no piano in our home at that time, so I would daily go and practice the piano in the church building!) However, my point is that I learned how to be a “good girl” and one of the most-used terms in the church was “humble.”

Seemed to me that the prayer at offering-time every Sunday always included the phrase, “Keep us humble, Lord.”  So I was thinking that God did “hurtful” stuff to us, so that we wouldn’t get “proud.” Therefore, I never wanted to be “proud of myself” for any reason, because then, God would do something to “humble” me! As a result, I developed what was really “false humility”so proud that I was “humble” – and I could never accept praise for anything I had done.

Around 1975, during one of his visits in our home, Dr. Charlie Culpepper noticed that I stumbled awkwardly when I was given a compliment. He gently exhorted me to think differently. And he couldn’t have used an example that would have left more of an impression on me because I loved “The Hiding Place,” Corrie Ten Boom’s story of her years in Holland and prison during World War II.

Having been a personal friend of Miss Ten Boom, Dr. Charlie said she told him that after returning from the Nazi prison camps, she was taken aback by the overwhelming response that she received from those with whom she shared her testimony. She found it difficult to accept the admiration or praise of others for herself, and so she would turn away with no response when complimented. Her reasoning was that she must remain “humble” for she unmistakably knew that it was the grace of God that had sustained her through those most difficult years.

But she realized that she was offending those who had offered her their appreciation. So, she asked her heavenly Father what she should do. And the Lord said to her, Corrie, you know it is Me they see in you. So, take their compliment as a rose, and tell them ‘Thank you!’ And then as you walk through your day, gather the roses you are given, and at the end of the day, bring your bouquet to Me.”  From that day forward, she said she was excited to have a bouquet of roses to bring to her Lord, full of rejoicing that He had been evident in her life!

Oh my! How many times have I been reminded of that story! You see, the passage in James 4:10 says, Humble yourself before the Lord – and He will lift you up in honor!” He’s not trying to “bring you down” – No! He will lift you up! True humility is recognizing that He has given you His Authority in this earth, and that everything you are is because of Him! Yes! Jesus deserves all the “glory” the “honor” and the “praise!”

Today, I say to you my friend, receive the “rose” when others see “good” in you and remember that they are simply seeing “Jesus in you!” No need to make a speech about it! Simply say, “Thank you,” and save the rose for Him!

The Apostle Peter, who went through it all – pride, defeat, suffering, discipline from the Lord and from Paul – learned true humility and wrote at the end of his life, Praise God for the privilege of being called by His name!” (1Peter.4:16). Living The Outrageous Life is an acknowledgement of the Power of God living in us – so that what the world sees is “Jesus” – not me! ~ Shelia Hart Artt

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