Purpose Driven Humility

James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
1Pet. 5:6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.

 He may exalt you? He will put you front and center, in a place that glorifies Himself.

When one embraces the truth that life is not about "me", fear for how God "may" use you changes to fearlessly moving to how "will" God use you. Humility is open to opportunities that fear would have otherwise run from.

 As an elder within our church I have been charged with moving toward and connecting with people in the our congregation. This is one method our church uses to help people feel cared for and ministered to.

This takes deliberate contact on my part. I can, however, quickly move to feelings of fear and inadequacy which are forms of pride intended to protect me from whatever scenario of failure I imagine.

Pride is sin that prevents God from using me for His purposes. As I kick fear in the face I realize that fear is all about me. God "exalting" me is not about me; rather, it's about Him using me for His purpose.

Thinking about that diminishes fear simply because it's not me centered, rather works of service for His good pleasure. Honestly, that may not be a relief, but it is a wonderful motivation.

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