The last time i shared about humility, i realized that from every page of the bible, God honored humble people more, and he always had great plans for them. In our days, the same still applies. The more you humble yourselves before the Lord, the more the Lord will magnify you for his glory. I was listening to God’s servant Pastor Laban Jumba from Uganda, and he brought out very strongly about how humble servants of God should serve. From his example, he told us how many times in Uganda, whenever there were state house visits, and fellows pastors were debating who will be in the team to see the president or visit the president, he would withdraw his name tactfully from the list and allow others to attend that function. Unfortunately for him, as he says, the more he wanted to be out of the limelight, the more God would push him forward. Other minister would always endorse him even when he had left the room to go out in pretense, yet not willing to be in the who to who should visit the president or grace that state function.
He later confessed to us and said without struggle on his part, he has attended so many uncountable presidential functions, spoken on radio he never imagined he can be invited to speak the word of God and also appeared on TV on many countries. He says he has spoken in major conferences in the world, but when you look the behind the scene, and a closer interaction with this man of God, you find a humble man servant of God. By the time he was talking to us, he says his church wasn’t even not the biggest in Uganda. By the time he was speaking to us, he told us he has a 250 membership church, but God has lifted him from that to become an icon the people, especially the believers, look to for wisdom and guidance worldwide.
Do you ever think of giving others the first chance of choice, when serving God’s purposes? How do you react as a Christian and in that meeting, names must be proposed and a representative be chosen? Before voting for who should go, have you ever thought like Pastor Jumba to excuse yourself for the sake of giving others the chance?
Do you remember Abraham and Lot? They had the normal family feud that brought in a sharp disagreement among them because of gracing fields. It reached a place where a decision had to be made and either of them must part from each other. Abraham by right held the upper hand because he was Lot’s uncle, yet when it reached a place to choose who should go where, he gave Lot the chance to choose first. He said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives. Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.” Lot grabbed the chance quickly. The word says “Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) “He then” chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom. Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord. Genesis 13:8-13
Remember Lot choice and think about it again. He chose the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was WELL WATERED. It was fertile land. His uncle was left with a dry land to choose from but he accepted for the sake of peace, but it’s written, “The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring forever. I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you. ”So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord. Genesis 13:8. 14-18.. We all know Sodom was destroyed and it took Abraham’s intercession for his to escape from this well-watered land. He didn’t escape with all his family. His married daughters and son’s in-law did not see him making sense when he told them God wanted them out urgently, because he would judge the place. They died under the same judgement because the Sodom had entered in them so much that they didn’t see any spiritual significance in all he was saying. His virgin daughter who escaped with him ended up raping him because living in Sodom had made them internalize all that happened until when left with no choice, instead of calling on God for husbands, they could only think of stupefying their dad, for them to conceive. Their mother looked back and got judged by God on the road as they escaped. His uncles family tree got blessed and upto now, we know the blessed children of Israel because of Abraham. Humility has its blessed rewards in ways we may never know.
Pastor Rick Warren is still of the same example. He says in his life, he never thought of being an author and in their family tree, their is no author but when he wrote the Purpose Driven life book, he just was putting up some materials to help the believers and those who don’t know God have a full picture of God’s expectation on them. His book, Purpose Driven life was once ranked by the new-york times as the 2nd most selling book after the bible. He became a billionaire without notice and God lifted him beyond measure.
When Joshua was to take up the mantle of Moses, and the Jordan river was ahead of him as a major challenge, the LORD said to Joshua, This day will I begin to magnify you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you
Saint of God, one of the major huddles to cross, as you walk in humility, is always to not put yourselves forward on things that only God can determine who should go forward. In this wicked world we live in, people will do their best to put you down, they will give people options that are not you, and even they will do their best to put you in the dark, so that you don’t see the light but humility demand you don’t fight for status. That is never your battle, but the Lord’s battle. Sometimes it will demand you withdraw tactfully like Pastor Laban Jumba and let the Lord decide. It’s the Lord who has power to magnify you and if he did it for Joshua, in the presence of all Israel, he will do it or you. Seek the Lord and be in his will always, and the rest are just details he will handle for you. Friends, as a believer in Jesus, if you are suffering being put down always, be it at work, ministry or business, always remember to walk in humility. Never be envious of those who are being exalted above you nor hate them. Love them and pray for them because humility demand you don’t fight back but you surrender all to him. May God help you and me. Have a blessed day.
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