Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Humility or Bust

I work hard each week to see that Sunday is a "success." Like most worship leaders, I tend to measure success by numbers. It's so quantifiable and all. And before you think me unspiritual, I often think I'd trade 2,000 lacksidazicle attendees for 200 broken worshippers on their faces in repentance, but that's still a numbers thing.

So what do we do when we like what we see in either the lacksidazicle attendees or broken worshippers column? What is needed for continued success? Well, we need the Spirit of God, of course. We need His presence in our lives during the week and in worship on Sundays. But as we know, the "wind blows where it pleases." (John 3) So then do we slough off any and all responsibility should the wind of the Spirit not arrive? After all, isn't He in control?

A good question to ask ourselves is what part can we play in creating an atmosphere of worship? What can we do to invite the presence of the Lord and His blessing? God's Word makes it plainly clear that humility invites the blessing of the Lord. Here are a few scriptures to prove that I'm not making this up:

Numbers 12:3 - "Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth." What? The greatest leader in the Bible wasn't Type A?

2 Chronicles 7:14 - "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

Psalm 51:17 - "The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise."

Psalm 149:4 - "For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation."

Philippians 2:8 - "And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!"

James 4:6 - "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

If we want God's anointing we must enter into worship with an attitude like that of Christ. He was God, and yet He humbled Himself for us. We must be willing to humble ourselves for Him and for our brothers and sisters. Doesn't sound too appealing, does it? But I close with a promise from His Word. A promise that He is sure to keep if we will only lay down our pride. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time." (1 Peter 5:6)