Grace and peace to you fellow sojourners! I want to encourage you to do all you can to be strong IN the Lord. Be willing to identify what makes you weak and squash it. Today we will consider how competition effects humility. It doesn’t matter what you are competing for, the ideal job, the most interesting possessions, the largest bank account, the best vacation, or even if it is for attention. The flame of competition is stoked by the prod of pride.
In a world that teaches we must compete for everything, being humble is entirely counterintuitive. According to Jesus, however, those that are humble will inherit the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3). So how do we break free from the relentless yoke of competition and settle peacefully into the freedom humility brings? It will require a change of mind. Humility means “humbleness of mind” (Colossians 3:12) so in order to behave humbly, we must begin with humble thoughts. Help me Lord with my thoughts.
The Lord is the One who commands our humility so if we are putting on an outward show of humility, but our heart remains full of pride and arrogance we are an imposter. The mindset of the world scorns humility so if you continue allowing your mind to be influenced by the competitive world, humbling yourself will never work because it limits the flesh. We must supremely value Christian humility if we ever intend to change our mind from a competitive thinking viewpoint. The mindset of the Kingdom requires humility, and when we recognize the value of Kingdom ways over worldly ways, it will tear off the yoke of competition. Help me Lord to trust You, to understand that Your ways are higher than mine, to know that You will give me the grace I need, and that exaltation comes as my life is lived victoriously through You.
In my experience, I have found the fastest way to humble myself is through fasting and prayer. These two practices are prescribed by our Lord as the means of connecting ourselves to greater power than we would otherwise possess. Prayer links us to heaven and fasting separates us from earthly things. We will also enjoy closer communion with God through prayer and fasting, and we will be better equipped to handle the more distressing issues of life. Lord, I hunger and thirst for YOU, help me to do so even more.
Scripture illustrates humble patterns we should adopt in our lives. Here are a few:
Waiting brings humility. It denies our own ability and is patient (Psalm 33:20).
When we take on God’s humility it exalts us (Psalms 18:35) and brings wisdom (Proverbs 11:2) and honor (Proverbs 15:33, 18:12).
The result of humility is the fear of the Lord, along with wealth, honor, and life (Proverbs 22:4).
Moses was known as the most humble man on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3).
Humility brings joy after joy in the Lord (Isaiah 29:19).
God looks favorably on the humble and submissive in spirit (Isaiah 66:2).
Jesus himself was gentle and humble in heart (Matthew 11:29).
God looked upon Mary with favor because she was humble (Luke 1:48).
The disciples ate their food with a joyful and humble attitude, praising God and having favor with all the people. Acts 2:46-47
God gives grace to the humble and opposes the proud (1 Peter 5:5).
Thank you in advance, Lord, when you show me the pitfalls of living a life of competition. Even though it can be painful, I welcome Your discipline when my thoughts desire to compete with someone else instead of living in Your peace. I value You as the Shepherd in my life and the sanctification Your leadership brings. Reveal to me any area where I have allowed my knee to bow in an unhealthy way to
In His grace,