What is true humility? Focus must be to God and not to ourselves, remember that all the gifts come from Him including faith.
Paul stated in his letter to the Ephesians. “Ephesians 2:8-9;(ESV)”
“8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Many may interpret this differently, but it is not merely a justification by faith. It is very clear that no one can claim but God who gave it.
This attitude eliminates pride. How can I boast when we are just an enabler, God with His gift of grace enabled us to do? As responsible Christians our attitude on our labor comes not from ourselves but from God who grants it. We were only using the gifts and faith that God has given us. Using our gifts pleases God.
Attitude also checks us from comparing ourselves with others who may be more “successful” than we are, and no matter how hard we tried to be like them, always failed and lead us to ask ourselves, “Why?” God give us Spirit of contentment and not the spirit of competition and envy. This is a common stumbling block for others.
We see other people prefer to go with bigger congregation, with highly educated seminarians, consistent church attendees, messages that come very easy to grasp and not confusing, no talking behind our back, we already know the big difference right there. We should not feel sad that they are doing good but not better than us, for we are serving the same God.
Patience and gentle attitude towards others that look down on us is the answer and proven to be effective to keep the body being divided. True humility come into play by putting ourselves less significant than them, we will not compete to be better. Paul said; “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”(Philippians 2:3-4)
If the church is preaching the gospel and teaching without compromising God’s Word, we should rejoice and be glad.
God may show us through signs, visions and dreams what adjustment our ministry need to serve Him successfully. We worship the same God; the same Body and remained still after all the hard work (if you already done this), seeing no harvest, could end our ministry void and empty. We can start to practice caring and sharing and established serving God as we are commanded.
Humble people are more approachable and teachable and a humble teacher is more likeable. Children are naturally humble, that is why Jesus said that we must be like children, not childish thinking but childlikeness. The more humble we are the more attention we will gain and that is the beginning of learning.
Jesus said in Matthew 18:1-4 “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Failures of the ministry:
1st reason why ministry failed is denying others a chance to use their gifts,
2nd lack of trust to other leaders,
3rd appointed not anointed to lead the ministry,
4th praying one mile long, remember that millions are praying too, and give them a chance to be heard,
5th repetitive request, do not use God’s time, for the things that he already heard. (Lack of faith),
6th failing to recognized the enemy of faith,
7th having unforgiving heart,
8th lack of knowledge of the word of God,
9th dividing the word of truth,
10th transparency on everything.
True confession will lead to true conversion.
If we are seeing fruit, and not getting ripe, it could be a slow learning person, or confuse to the teachings. If there is ambiguity among the audiences, encourage them to ask questions. We may consider the quality process and practices according to the Word of God. Remember that we are in the same boat; no competition and this is for Christ and for His glory, not our glory. If we failed, we failed Him more. We should make sure that we are properly using the gifts that God has given to us. Then we can rejoice in someone else’s greater gifts.
Paul says that we all have different functions in the body. He says that “we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us,” and that we are to exercise these gifts “according to the proportion of [our] faith.” Paul talked about various amounts of faith that God has given to those who believe to exercise various spiritual gifts. In 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 Paul says, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.”
The talking point here is, whether we have the gifts and faith to start and maintain a ministry, large or small groups, and attitude has a big influence to achieve success. We have to keep in mind that everything we have and things to have comes from God, according to His sovereign purpose (1 Cor. 12:11).
To develop true humility, keep focus to God’s grace always. Works lower than our knees and avoid working higher than our head. Evaluate ourselves and wipe out any crumbs of un-forgiveness in our heart and polish our mind with wipes of righteousness. And proclaim your readiness to serve Him; clean, pure, bold and worth the trust. Remember that all that we have, all that we share, including faith, hope and love, comes from God and must be exercised without waiting for returns.
Thank you God, for the Spirit of Life and choosing me to be a partaker of your divine nature; to Jesus our savior and redeemer, the 2nd Adam that gives light and new life and to the Holy Spirit our everyday companion. I pray.
Source: ESV, NLT, NRSV, Insight added.