Pride and Humility- Yes, they matter!

Don’t vote for these people

If you are reading this in the United States, congratulations you have made it to election day.   It seems like it takes forever for it to get here.  We endure hours of debates, ads, more debates, more ads, phone calls and knocks on the door.  This is done in an effort to get us out to vote and of course it matters.  I find it to be  truly amazing that we get a say in our government.  There are many countries that don’t get that right.  It is something we need not take lightly.

You know what excites me even more is that God is in control of it all.  We know we can trust Him! Somehow imperfect people, with ideas that are all over the place, are used by God for His purposes.  They might not even realize it, but God has allowed them to serve.  Yet, how many people even acknowledge it?  The human heart is very prideful.  Scripture gives us at  look at the difference in leadership.  When David was appointed king, he was humbled that he would be chosen and he praised God.  He was a great king and had a legacy as a man after God’s own heart.  Conversely, King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4, looked out at the kingdom with pride.  He was so impressed with himself that God humbled him, making him eat with the animals.  Sure he got the message, but it took a little more time. Humility matters!  Somewhere along the way we have lost humility as a value in politics and life in general.  It starts young with the “my do it” approach.

If you want to see an example of a leader who is actually humble, look at Jesus Christ.

 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant,  being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself  by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! – Philippians 2:6-8

That is incredible!  Jesus became low for a time and was exalted forever!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name, – Philippians 2:9

In an instant God did what mankind had been trying to do for years!  He had reconciled His people to Himself.   It was not cheap, but it was worth it.

Today, as in every other day, we look to Jesus Christ.  He is the only Savior and He is the only one worth following wholeheartedly.

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