Monday, August 04, 2008

Humility: True Greatness

I took delivery today of a couple of new books from Amazon. So I have started to read one of them. Humility: True Greatness by C J Mahaney.

I certainly would not suggest that Humility was one of my virtues. I struggle with pride and that pride has very often got me into deep water. So I suppose I need to read the book.

Having said that one of the things that does my brain in is when you get into a conversation with someone and no matter what you talk about they have done it better, bigger and bolder than you have. They have one favourite topic of conversation - themselves.

Pastors are certainly not free from this difficulty. The question how are things going in your church? Is really an opening gambit for them to talk about them their Church and why things are so great for them. (Sorry! but its true)

This may or many not get peoples attention but the Bible suggests that something else gets God's attention - Humility.

"This is the one to whom I look: he who is humble and contrite in Spirit and trembles at my word" - Isaiah 66 v 2

"Humility draws the gaze of our sovereign God" - C J Mahaney


Anonymous said...

i believe God cannot work in your life unless you are humble,otherwise you will be working in the flesh

Billy Ritchie said...

I think that may be a little harsh. Unfortunately we are sinful people and certainly pride is sin but through God's grace he still chooses to work in us and through us.

I for one am greatful that God still chooses to partner with me despite my short comings.

Anonymous said...

you are right we all have a bit of pride and shortcomings sometimes we are not perfect but his grace is sufficient for us

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