I met a pastor once who was motivated and charismatic. He had grand plans for his life and how God was going to use him on an international stage. There was only one problem, while he looked the part and had a great personality, he wasn’t very humble. He also wasn’t willing to put the work in where God had him and eventually left the ministry frustrated that no one recognized his potential. Confidence is important, but God is looking for a humble heart.
“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”
There is no more important character trait for Christians than being humble. In a world that screams “promote yourself!” the Bible counters with “humble yourselves and let God exalt you.” This is a struggle for many because they want to be noticed and appreciated, to feel like they matter. For a Christian, humility shows the world “He who is greater in me in greater than he who is in the world.”
James wants his readers to know that God is looking for a humble heart. Someone who is humble realizes God has created them, and even though we have messed it up, grace is extended to us through His Son Jesus. You don’t brag about yourself because He did everything good in you. So you go about your day blessed because you are forgiven and thankful for everything Jesus has done for you.
Looking for a Humble Heart
Having a humble heart takes work. It starts with taking every thought captive, so we don’t let pride or self-pity take root. Then it moves on to thinking of yourself less. You would be amazed at how often you think of yourself. Finally, it is solidified by the words you use. Choose to glorify God and build others up instead of talking about yourself. If you are living the life Jesus wants you to live, He will make others notice.