This is post is taken from a series of posts from my friend, Pastor Tony Chimento at Legacy Fellowship here in the great state of Texas.
This is a blog post following up with our message series “If/Then”. We are looking at 2 Chronicles 7:14. There are four attributes God is looking for in this passage. The first attribute is Humility. This is a blog post on the subject of humility.
Essentially, they are tips and ideas to help you pursue a life of humility.
1. Jesus is Lord so embrace it. Whether we make Jesus Lord in our lives or not does not change His position of Lordship. But when we accept Him as Lord, we have no other position of humility. We serve Him and love Him and live for Him. And when He is Lord, our life comes into order.
2. Avoid me, myself and I. If all your conversations revolve around yourself, and you turn every conversation back to a focus on yourself, you essentially are not humble. It might take some time, but you can become more focused on what God is doing and what’s happening in the lives of others. But you will have to strike from your vocabulary me, myself and I.
3. Serve often. If you will become a servant of others, you will find you won’t have room for pride. Serving others uses up time, money, and energy that would otherwise be spent on you. Expend yourself for serving. It’s what Jesus did.
4.Practice being patient with others. When we find others tedious or in our way, we often think of ourselves superior to others. Patience says you are willing to slow down for others.
5. Embrace the struggles and challenges with a joyful heart. Life just doesn’t always make sense or play fair. But acknowledging God at these times places the importance on Him and not you. Praying and giving these situations to God helps keep you submitted to His will and His care.
6. Avoid being critical of others. We all feel at times we could do things better, faster, cheaper, smarter. Or we look down on others for whatever reason. Instead, we are to embrace others, knowing God is working something out in their lives, just as God continues to work out things in our lives.
7.Try to listen to the counsel of others. God used all kinds of people and all kinds of events to try to communicate with man. Humility will have you in the place of listening. Listening means you are open to whatever God might be saying. So receive others counsel. You can always reject it if you find it to be bad counsel. But, consider it.
8. Confess your sins to God and others quickly. You are going to sin. You are going to fall short. You are going to hurt others. Whether intentionally or by accident, you will sin and mess up. Be quick to ask forgiveness. Be quick to embrace what you did wrong and try to make it right quickly.
9. Be quick to forgive others and give grace. You will be hurt, wronged, injured and enraged all through your life. Humility, however, calls us to forgive. Christ forgave us. He died for us. Surely none of us deserve that. And in the same way, we are to forgive others.
10. Get someone else to hold you accountable. Seeing how you act and hearing what you are saying is difficult. But if you have someone to be honest with you about whether or not you seem humble can help immeasurably.
11. Realize that God doesn’t need you but did choose you. Be at peace with the idea that you are only here, and you are only viable and valuable, because God determined He wanted you here. He doesn’t need you at all. But the fact that He made you and chose you should help you stay humble.
12. Don’t let excuses keep you from moving forward. Some people won’t take risks and they build up walls because of their past and their failures and their shortcomings. Humility embraces these and acknowledges the pain and challenges of life. Humility pushes those temptations to give excuses right to the cross to let Christ sort it all out.
13. Be a life long learner. When you think you know it all, you are in trouble and climbing the wall of pride. Learn. Read. Ask. Inquire. Study. This is a sign of a person who understands there is always something new to learn.
14. Don’t isolate yourself. People can get jaded and begin to be isolated. People will completely drop off the church grid or friendship grid. The “I don’t need anyone else” falls flat when trouble comes and there is no one around to help. By leaning into relationships, you lean into developing friends for life.
15. Be content. Whatever you have or don’t have, it is often by God’s design. Be thankful for what you have, where you are, and where you are going. Be thankful you are alive. Be content. Be appreciative. And by all means, share when you can.