If it’s true that the value of something is measured by what someone else will pay, then we need to rethink our worth. – Bill Johnson
There’s an abundance of self-deprecating talk among those who call themselves christians. But putdowns, even if directed at yourself, do not exemplify humility. In fact, it is merely egotistical, as the self is the focus of the person’s own attention. It amounts to nothing more than navel-gazing and self-absorption.
True humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less and instead choosing God-consciousness. It isn’t bringing yourself down but exalting Jesus in you. True humility acknowledges and accepts who God has said you are.
God isn’t self-absored; the nature of love is to be other-focused. Contrary to popular opinion, putting ourselves down does not glorify our maker. Comparing ourselves to him and talking about how much better he is than us doesn’t make him feel any better.
Whenever you think badly about yourself, you’re insulting your creator…Demeaning the painting does not glorify the painter. We are the painting, and further, Jesus is the model! – Kris Vallotton
Acknowledging how awesome God has said we are largely stems out of a fear of pride. Yet false humility is no better than pride. What really takes humility is accepting who God has said we are even when we don’t feel or look like it.
He has said that you are holy, righteous, perfect, pure, sanctified, beautiful, and lovely.
Try believing it.
Pride gets a bad rap worldwide these days, especially by people who call themselves christians. Some even call it the root of all sin.
Today I’m making a proposal: a greater problem than being prideful is lacking pride.
What are you prideful about?
I think lots of people don’t have enough pride, and I don’t think pride itself is a problem. It’s where it’s put that can cause problems.
If you are proud of your self, independent of God, then you have a problem. We really are nothing without him. The good news of the gospel, however, is that we are never without God. So it’s silly to even talk about our “self” apart from God. The independent self is an illusion. Never try to separate your identity from God’s.
If pride is thinking of yourself more highly than you ought to, then it is impossible to be prideful when you think of yourself in terms of your union with Christ. Your identity in Christ is something to be proud of – not because you achieved it in anyway, but because of what Jesus did to achieve it. It’s an awesome identity to have!
Some people may feel uncomfortable with what they’re reading because it seems to be taking glory away from God. But God is not looking for you to give him all the glory. In the Old Covenant, God wouldn’t give his glory to anybody. “I am the Lord, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images” (Isaiah 42:8). In the New Covenant, however, he gives it to us. “The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one” (John 17:22).
You don’t need to keep making sure all your Christian friends hear you say “all the glory is God’s alone.” That statement is, according to Jesus, not true. You can safely stop playing hot potato with the glory of God. He gave it to you. – Ryan Rhoades
Ever heard the phrase, “It’s all about God”? I see the heart behind that phrase and in a sense – the sense that it’s all about who he is and what he’s done for us as opposed to who we were and what we do – it is all about God. But in another sense it’s not all about God. If it were all about God he wouldn’t have come to save us. But God declared us as priceless and therefore came to save us. God is not all that matters; we are also significant, because God made us significant. He is so other-focused that he’s made it all about humanity. This is the story of redemption – God’s taking on of humanity and humanity’s taking on of divinity in Jesus Christ.
So boast – in who God is, what he’s done, and who he’s made you to be in him. “So that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the LORD” (1 Corinthians 1:31). “Therefore in Christ Jesus I have found reason for boasting in things pertaining to God” (Romans 15:17).
We have a hope that is worthy of boasting. “But Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end” (Hebrews 3:6).
Be proud of your relationship with God that Jesus purchased for you. “Thus says the LORD, ‘Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,’ declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 9:23-24).