Last week, I talked about how, if we are faithful, God will bring the rain. He will pour out His favor and blessings on us.
But, in order to be faithful, you must first be humble.
God Will Lift Up the Humble
James, the brother of Jesus, tells us:
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
James 4:10 NIV
James was probably an authority on this topic. According to what I’ve read, he was not a follower of Jesus while the Savior walked on the earth. He didn’t bow his heart to Jesus until after the resurrection. It takes humility to admit you’ve been wrong. So, he knew stubbornness and he knew about walking in obedience. He’d experienced the blessings that lift you up once you bow before our Lord.
It is interesting that Peter echoes this same sentiment:
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6 NIV
Although Peter was one of Jesus’ early disciples, he struggled in the beginning to humbly accept Jesus’ complete lordship. Many times Jesus had to chastise him for wanting to do things his way. Remember how he drew his sword and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant when Jesus was being arrested?
Like James and Peter, it is easy for me to want to hang on to my pride. I want to be in control. I want God to do things my way on my timeline. I often think I know best.
Humility Is a Must
However, as these two pillars of faith proclaim, humility is required before God can lift you up. It takes humility to obediently tithe. It takes humility to serve others. It takes humility to repent. It takes humility to be faithful.
Jesus himself tells us:
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted. Luke 18:14 ESV
Humility is a prerequisite for true faithfulness. I want to copy Jesus and humble myself so He can lift me up.