Becoming the Humble Servant

Humility is a trait most Christians strive to possess. However, in looking into the heart, we’ve got it a little mixed up.

Christianity is sadly becoming a self-centered system. A system that prides itself in its success and well-being. Televangelist’s bring in this message every week. It’s one that involves wealth and abundance; and the world has caught on. I can’t begin to count the times preachers have been called money grabbing thieves, and while I can’t speak for those who have dived into the sea of glory, I can’t fault those from the outside looking in on what they see either.

We live in a day and age where the self is the most important person. I was reading a forum that was asking the question, “How would you describe a Christian?” Some of the answers were quite shocking to say the least, especially from those who didn’t share the faith. Judgemental, unaccepting of others, the opposite of what the word Christian actually means, the list goes on. However, the one that grabbed me from the list was, “Those who are too obsessed with perfection.” Sadly, it was this one that blatantly rang true.

We are obsessed with living the perfect life here on earth. The life that covers everything from wealth, the way we live, what we look like, and how we treat others. This, of course, is the goal of everyone, so it’s not a wonder Christians have adopted this way of thinking. But is it the right way of thinking for a Christian?

This is where the idea of humility comes in. I read an amazing quote from C.S. Lewis the other day that said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” We are all sinners, that’s not a lie, the real lie is in believing we need to see ourselves as such; and because of this false painting, we’re trying to fix ourselves. Every type of Christian self-help book that can be published, basically has been. Make no mistake, we do need to learn, but if I’m honest, everything I’ve learned (and everything I’ve ever written about) I’ve learned from the Word and from my own life experience. Is that to say books of the self-help kind shouldn’t be written? Of course not, they can serve a purpose, but I think it’s time we placed a little less focus on mending and improving ourselves, and aligned that focus on the one who holds our lives to begin with.

If I can gush a little about My Epic’s album, Behold, true humility is what that record is all about. Forgetting that we even exist, and living inside of Christ. It’s in turning our eyes away from the race to perfection and success, and fixing them on the perfecter Himself, that humility is found. We are the image of Jesus on the earth, and we need to walk as one in your likeness as My Epic sings, so that men can behold and believe. Living in Him also means becoming like Him, to love and think of others above ourselves. To worry more about the lives of those who have not yet seen than our own. If we took away the criticism, the pursuit of success and perfection, and the image of the sinner we need to be against, and only gave the love of Jesus, those descriptions the world has given us wouldn’t be our image.

However, until we become the dead bodies Christ can fill and use, the world will always hold an accurate view of our humanity.

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4 thoughts on “Becoming the Humble Servant

  1. There is a troubling problem with your thoughts here. The non-believing world has witnessed the actions of Christians. That observation is why we don’t want to be Christians. Now, you may be trying to encourage Christians to be more like Christ so that others will be amazed and want to join in but there is a problem with that: Even those ‘good’ Christians don’t do what the Christ asked them to do. If they did there would be no megachurches, no religious right politics and so on. Christians are not Christ like and they never have been. Perhaps some of the gnostic Jewish Christians were but since those very early days… yeah, not so much.

    If even the devout cannot follow what the ‘word of a god’ says to do, why would anyone join up? Don’t tell me that you’re not perfect and god isn’t finished with you yet because if god belief can’t help you how is it going to help me? There are no good examples of christian belief. If there were you would have pointed them out. Believing in the Christian gods does not make anyone better… they have to do that part on their own. Sadly they then claim it was their god but none of them have actually done it yet. This conundrum makes it look, from the outside, like you’re all crazy.

    1. I’m sorry you think that way. I agree with you on some points, as we’re humans, there will never be a “good” Christian. However I don’t think you understand what a life with Christ is. It’s not a ticket to have a perfect life here on this earth, it’s having a relationship with God here, and in eternity. “Even those good Christians don’t do what Christ asked them,” Christ has asked us to love, if we don’t do that, then we shouldn’t be associated with the Christian title, as we aren’t one. I’m sorry Christians have made you feel this way. I feel the same way myself as you could probably tell from the post. The truth is, God can change people for the better if we let Him, He has done so for me, I won’t deny it. I know this because I failed each time I tried to change myself, I did it for years. There also is an example of good Christian belief, and that’s Jesus; however, today independence has become the norm in Christianity, and as as result, we now fail to show the love Jesus gave. It’s why you and I are so disappointed in the church. So I encourage you to seek Jesus yourself, you won’t receive the same thing Christians have shown.

      Thank you for commenting my friend, and I hope I’ve shown you something different. God bless 🙂

  2. Great post mate, awesome stuff. I certainly have to humble a bit more too. haha. myatheistlife, I find that what you are saying is from a worldly perspective so, you wouldn’t understand our feelings, I’m sure Luc is happy for the comment, but what you said, just doesn’t cut it.

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