What Is False Humility and Why Is It So Dangerous?
For the next few weeks, we’ll be looking at the enemies of godly ambition. (See last week’s notes.) Here’s one that affects most of us: False Humility.
We are all aware of the dangers of pride. Pride has become a boogie man in the church. A friend of mine used to say, “If God doesn’t humble you, the saints will.” How many times have you been reminded to “stay humble?”
In our attempt NOT to APPEAR prideful, we can easily drift into false humility from either performing religious works or succumbing to the fear of people. Either way, it can be just as dangerous as PRIDE for 3 main reasons:
- False humility delays destiny.
- False humility cripples vision.
- False humility is rooted in pride.
Following religious rules can trick you into believing you have humbled yourself. In reality, it breeds a level of pride and superiority towards those who don’t follow your rules. (See Col 2:23.)
We don’t discipline ourselves to prove to others how humble we are. Discipline safeguards our future. I can’t even judge you because we each live a disciplined life prescribed for where we are going and what we are each called to do.
–“I got a future! I got a destiny!”
False humility born from fear of man will downplay us when it’s clear that God wants us to sharpen and increase what we have. (See the parable of the talents Matt 25:14.) Real humility is agreeing with what God says about you. Often, people around you are not saying what God is saying. It takes courage to agree with God rather than with them!
Have you given in to the pressure of false humility through religious works or the fear of man? Now would be a good time to get free and reclaim your Godly ambition.
Success and Progress!