Go Low to Get High pt 3
(Supplemented by the concluding message from our ‘When I Grow Up’ series)
# 3. Humility has style
The famous inventor Samuel Morse was once asked if he ever encountered situations where he didn't know what to do. Morse responded, "More than once, and whenever I could not see my way clearly, I knelt down and prayed to God for light and understanding.”
Morse received many honours from his invention of the telegraph but felt undeserving: "I have made a valuable application of electricity not because I was superior to other men but solely because God, who meant it for mankind, must reveal it to someone and He was pleased to reveal it to me."
Pride says, “I am the gift.” Humility says, “I’ve been given a gift.”
C S Lewis said that ‘humility is not thinking less of yourself, rather it is thinking of yourself less.’ And he is right. Thinking less of yourself breeds a false humility which we can mistake for biblical humility.
False humility is when we are consistently self deprecating, excessively modest, timid, self aware, dependant on the opinions of others, denying your own worth and believing all of this honours God. None of this honours the Lord.
What’s the first thing you do when someone compliments your gift? You begin to go all shy, you twist your face and try to convince the giver of the compliment they're wrong about you! STOP. That’s not humility, that’s false humility. Next time, try saying something like, ‘Thank you for saying that. I’m just glad I can make God famous this way.’
Don’t deny what God has given you, make him famous with it.
Romans 12 v 5 (The Message) - ‘So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvellously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we are not.’
‘Dear God, this morning I acknowledge that you have given me certain gifts and talents that make me, me! Help me to understand that when I use your gifts in my life, I honour you and extend your influence in the world. Thank you for using me to make Jesus famous. Open my eyes to more opportunities every day where I can help others see Christ. Amen.’