“A man’s pride will bring him low, but a humble spirit will obtain honor’ (Proverbs 29:23).
Pride is a frequent topic within the Scriptures, and Proverbs 29:23 reminds us that pride will eventually lead one to fall. Repeatedly, God warns us of the dangers of pride. Pride breeds arrogance and self-glorification, and blinds us to our shortcomings and sin.
Pride is deadly to spiritual leadership. It is deadly because it deludes us into seeking after our own kingdoms rather than seeking to build God’s Kingdom. Our own little kingdoms built on charisma and our natural gifts will not last. The Bible reminds us that God opposes the proud, but will give His grace to the humble.
As Spiritual leaders, may we learn from God’s wisdom by seeking to lead with humility as servant leaders.
Servant leaders are:
- Humble in Attitude.. Keep Christ first in all things. A humble leader does not think of
himself as lower than a worm’s belly, he just always recognizes that only Christ deserves the throne of people’s lives. Keep the focus on Christ, not ourselves. Seek after Christ’s way, not our own way.
- Humble in Actions. We are called to serve. Develop the Godly habit of serving others. The best way to maintain a humble spirit is by putting others before yourself. Be an example of Christlike service to others..
- Humble in Speech. Seek to glorify God and not yourself when giving testimony. Shift the focus to God and others when sharing. Learn to listen to others. Focus n praying for others rather than your own self interests.
- Humble in Vision. Keeping our focus on the Great Commission and the Great Commandment of Christ keeps our focus on His Kingdom, rather than building our own little sand castles. Our calling is to make His Name known among all the nations. It will not matter if they remember our name, but it will matter if He knows our name as one of His faithful servants.
As C S Lewis once shared, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”