“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
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~ James 4:10
This verse is probably one of the most challenging verses in the Bible to our society, and to each of us who are leaders in one capacity or another.
In its original Greek version, humble means low lying or low in spirit. Hmmm, no one in our world today would encourage us to be low in spirit. Instead, we are encouraged to tout our accomplishments for if we don’t, who else will? If we don’t, then someone else might get ahead of us. Or, if we don’t, someone else might get recognized for our work. We all want to be exalted.
But you know what??? None of these things matter when we have a Kingdom Perspective.
If we break down the parts of the verse, we see that “humble yourselves,” is a command. It is not an option! But, how often do we make humility an option…when it is convenient for us or when it will benefit us, we might choose to be humble.