Humility

There is no honor in loyalty to man if that means that I am disloyal to Christ.

Many of the people I’ve talked to also had an awakening when they saw the controlling power of other people. They awoke to an epidemic of soul called, in biblical language, ‘the fear of man.’ Although, they were avowed worshippers of the true God, below the surface they feared other people. That is not to say that they were terrified by or afraid of others (although sometimes they were). ‘Fear’ in the biblical sense is a much broader word. It includes being afraid of someone, but it extends to holding someone in awe, being controlled or mastered by people, worshipping other people, putting your trust in people, or needing people.… However you put it, the fear of man can be summarized this way: We replace God with people. Instead of a biblically guided fear of the Lord, we fear others. ~ Ed Welch, When People Are Big and God is Small

Paul himself commanded us to look to the Scriptures as our authority (not angels, nor even himself).

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say again now, if any man is preaching to you a gospel [f]contrary to what you received, he is to be accursed!

For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ. ~ Galatians 1:8-10

The Bible commended the Berean Christians who didn’t simply accept what was preached, but rather compared it to the Scriptures to see if it was true.

 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. ~Acts 17:11

 

We should never encourage this kind of “fear” in others for ourselves either. I think this is a danger for those in leadership…pastors, teachers, even parents. Only when there is biblical humility in leadership can we avoid this. ~Diane Heeney

As parents, teachers, church leaders, if we fail to point people to God’s Word as the standard, but rather encourage them to accept our word, ideas or interpretation then we are out of accord with the Word of God.

This all goes for blogs too. So, I encourage you, as always, to take everything that you read here on RO and hold it up to the light of God’s Word and please, please, please, where we’ve failed to hold to God’s standard, ignore it (and if you’d be so kind, gently point out how we’ve failed, so that we can correct it in our own lives).

 

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3 Responses to Humility
  1. Dianne
    July 20, 2012 | 11:17 am

    That’s a great post, Kim. I agree with you 100%. I feel the same way, and in fact, we tell our children the same things. We tell them that while we seek to teach them correct doctrine and a Godly way of living, in the end they are responsible for searching out the scriptures for themselves and follow the true things and discard the bad ones they’ve seen in us. Paul said it best when he said, “Follow me as I follow Christ.” 1 Cor. 11:1. While I think I have the proper doctrine and want my children to have the exact same beliefs as I do, I want more for them to have the exact same beliefs as the Lord, even if they differ from mine.

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  2. Janee Campbell
    July 20, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Love this post. I have spent many years retraining my brain after the years of false teaching picked up from my parents, teachers, and churches. Our kids are learning right along with us what Christ would have us understand and adhere to and much of it is very much opposite of what has been taught for generations. We are learning to “hear his voice” and not rely on the voices of others. I enjoy reading your blog because you are real and willing to change as the Lord leads!

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  3. Katie
    July 20, 2012 | 8:09 pm

    Kim, I think God has a messaage for me today. This morning I read this blog, http://anneelliott.com/2012/07/hints-of-idolatry-ephesians-51-20/, by my friend Anne, then tonight I read your post. Both are excellent reminders that we need be grounded in the WOrd, and able to stand firm in it in a world that is always pulling at us. Thanks for the great right up. I have been working on our lessons for the next year and this is a real encouragement to me.

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