Saturday Sermon: Life is not about us but about God
From the biblical point of view, humiliations is the state of deflated pride. We are all born with the pride problem: the big I.
If you put two children in a playpen with one toy, look out, the battle is on.
The big I in each child says the toy is mine. Pride, which began with Lucifer and passed down to mankind, is the sense of one's superiority.
In life, we soon learn there is the battle of self-will. Self-will, the big I, soon learns that humiliation comes when self will always wants its way. We soon learn that life is not all about serving self.
Proverbs 16:18 says, "Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall." James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5, quotes Proverbs 3:34, "God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble."
We learn humility by submitting to God's laws in his word for our life. If we rebel in stubborn pride, we will be humiliated.
Galatians 6:7-8 tell us the seeds we plant in life, good or evil, will bring in a harvest.
James 4:10 says, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."
To have meaning and purpose in life, the love of big I will not fulfill your life. Proverbs 13:10 says, "Only by pride cometh contention (strife), but with the well-advised, (the humble) is wisdom. Galatians 2:20 gives to use the key to dealing with self-willed pride. It says, "I am crucified with Christ never the less I live, yet not I but Christ liveth in me; and the life witch I live in the flesh, I live by faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
You see, life is not about us but about God. Love for God is a life lived for God through our faith in Christ as Lord and savior.
The first step of humiliation is to surrender the self-willed love of selfish pride to Jesus and admit your need of his saving, resurrected life.
Remember the big I, selfish pride, self-serving life, will give you a destructive life. We can choose to humble ourselves before God or choose the big I selfish pride, and be humiliated because God resists the proud.
The Rev. John Fisher is pastor of First Baptist Church in Point Comfort.