1 When I came to you brothers, I did not come with eloquence of superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NIV
How strong are you? Do you realize that through your own strength you may be inhibiting the release of God's power in your lives and others around you? Paul realized this concept completely as he penned the passage above in his first letter to the church at Corinth. Paul was an influential man by the world's standards before he became a Christian but yet as a believer he came to understand the true meaning of humility. He also completely understood the benefits of humility. Paul knew that for people to see more of God, they needed to see less of himself. As a result, more Kingdom impact would be made.
During my past week as God continued to teach me about humility, I've heard several quotes regarding the topic that are very applicable to all of us. It is in times like these that I am personally reminded how awesome God is to care for me personally because I didn't go searching for information regarding humility and pride. Instead, they (God) found me out. :) I'll share one with you because it fits perfectly with today's post:
"Pride is the biggest inhibitor you and I will ever have to seeing God be glorious in our midst.” - Beth Moore
Paul lived this, didn't he? It is only through God's power, not our own feable attempts at excellent speech and deeds that God can be shown to others and known by them. When we remove the pride and truly give credit to God for all that we are and all that we do, God can do glorious things in our midst.
1) What do I concentrate on more, knowing Christ or improving myself?
2) How much do I really rely on God's strength and not my own?
3) Do I ask for God's guidance in everything?
4) What is the dividing line between confidence and pride?