Luke 16:15 And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.
As Christians, we are called to be humble. Humility is not a place we go, but a journey we take. It’s not a spot at the end of the road… it is the road. It’s not an easy road. Pride is a constant road hazard. Lust calls from the sides of the road, trying to draw us off.
Some are quick to proudly share how humble they’ve become in their walk. They’ll trumpet about how long they pray, how often they forgive, how much they’ve overcome persecution. They puff up as they talk of humility. They’re proud of being humble.
It’s important to stay humble about being humble. Pray in secret, in a prayer closet. Give in secret so even your left hand doesn’t know what your right hand is doing. Observe your walk with God, not to be seen by others, but to be in communion with God.
The moment we believe that we have become more humble than others, we are no longer humble. We are proud of our humility. When we feel that we are better than another, as we kneel to pray for him, we are no longer humble. When we give to another, while thinking critical thoughts of him, we are no longer humble.
God does not honor pride – in fact, Proverbs 6:17 has a proud look leading the list of seven abominations before God. God hates pride because it causes separation between our heart and His.
Stay humble about being humble. Pray for your enemy without telling him. Give to your neighbor secretly. Bear the criticism of others silently. Let God do your talking. He speaks louder than pride.