Wednesday, April 19, 2017

False Humility Exposed

Having The Looks and Playing the Part is Always Short-Lived
Read 1 Samuel 9 & 10

I have a deep desire.  A desire that I speak very little about.  It's a God-sized desire to teach women how to study God's word (on their own).  I would love to be able to use the tools and resources that I have been given, to influence those around me.  I don't speak often of this because, quite frankly, it scares me.  

I am scared that if I am given this opportunity I might not be smart enough to do it accurately...  I am scared that others may oppose what I teach...  I am scared to be vulnerable and transparent about what God is doing in my heart and life... And deep, deep down, I am scared that I will find great joy in this and that I might become arrogant along the way.

God is stretching me.  Every time I post a photo to Instagram; I cringe.  Is this too much to put out there?  Who is looking at this?  What will people think if they truly see my heart?  Can God use this?  Will God use this?  The truth of the matter is this:  He is allowing me to be used by Him (right here on my little piece of cyberspace).  He is stretching me & drawing me out of hiding.  He is using the events of my life to show my humanity and utter dependence upon Him.  

I don't want to be like Saul in 1 Samuel 9 & 10.  I don't want to just "look good" on the outside.  I want to "look good" deep down into my bones.  I don't want to just play the part.  I want to live it, day in and day out.  I want to be used by God.  I don't want the fear of false humility to stand in the way of how God wants to use my life.   I want to have true humility.  I want my witness for Jesus to Christ to last beyond my time on this earth.  I don't want it to be short lived.   

Saul Had The Looks
9:1-2  Saul, from the line of Benjamin, is a handsome young man
9:3-4  Saul and another young man went looking for his father's donkeys.
9:5-14  Saul and the young man take 1/2 shekel of silver to find the prophet Samuel
9:15-16  God granted Israel their request even though it was not the best thing for them
9:17-27  The Lord told Samuel to anoint Saul king of Israel
  • Where are you serving under false pretenses?
  • How can you let God begin stripping away your facade?

Saul Could Play the Part
10:1  Samuel anointed Saul to be king over Israel
10: 2-13  Saul departed to return to his father
10:14-16  Saul returned home and spoke to his uncle about what happened with Samuel regarding the donkey's.  Saul made no mention of the anointing.
10:17-19  Samuel called the people together (by tribe)
10:20-24  Samuel brought the tribe of Benjamin together to present Saul.  Saul hid out of false humility.
10:25-27  Samuel wrote down the responsibilities of the King and laid it before the Lord.
  • Are you getting really good at playing the part?
  • Where do you struggle with false humility?
  • How can you become humbled in your service to the King of kings?

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