Posted by: JennyRain | October 6, 2009

But I asked for it…

I prayed for humility last Wednesday. God answered on Thursday with a series of events that gave me opportunity after opportunity to “practice” the virtue of humility. Ugh.

It always baffles me that some things I ask God for seemingly take years for Him to get around to answering, yet when I ask for things like humility, God responds within hours!

Perhaps it is because what I am asking God for – in asking for humility – is for Him to transform my character to be more like His.

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God,did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man,he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!  (Phil 2.5-7 NIV)

Humility is at the core of Christ’s humanity and embodies who Christ is.

So why is it so hard for us – if we are “in Christ” (Eph 1.3-7) – to remember that the embodiment of humility is what Christ would have us to be and to do in our ministry to others?

How did we – as a church body – take those rituals that were originally designed to draw us closer to the heart of Christ and turn them into something that separates?

How did we – as a church body – understand pastoral leadership to be something represented through robes and collars rather than service and humanity?

Jesus did not come with collar and ritual, but with humility and a purpose.

How can we – as a church body – get back to those practices that would beget humility in our hearts, thus creating worship spaces that encourage humility in others? It seems to me that if we are all ambassadors of Christ (2 Cor 5.20-21) and if we believe that we are all of the “priesthood of believers” called to minister to others, then we should be focusing on those things that allow us to practice humility.

Yet in so many of our traditions and practices, we are not “practicing humility.”

Even in those non-formalized religious traditions – we have practices that reek of arrogance and are bereft of any expression of humility. Robes and collars do not always indicate arrogance anymore than a lack of them indicate humility. We are all guilty of a lack of humility.

I so very much desire for the body of Christ to return to the Garden, to a time before we had usurped command from our Heavenly Father. To a time where we were pure and undefiled by arrogance and self-sufficiency, where we depended upon and trusted in God in humility.

I do not know how to return to humility as a church-body, but I know that I can continue to ask, and submit to God’s leadership of my own life in this virtue.

So uncomfortable as it is, I will continue to ask for humility in my life knowing that the “one is the key to the many.”

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  1. Isn’t this the truth. We are so arrogant sometimes. Great Blog, i am looking forward to reading more.

    • Thanks so much Eric 🙂 I’m honored you are reading them!

      Jenny


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