To follow Him in humility means that we are willing and able (because of His work in us) to set aside our cultural preferences, and serve others in a way that is beneficial for them, and that clearly shows it is God who is at wok in us. The questions is: How far are we supposed to go, setting our identity aside? Is there a limit for humility?
This year I decided to listen to just one podcast, in an attempt to avoid information overload. The one I picked is the Unmistakable Creative. It is not a Christian podcast, and many times the guests spouse views that are clearly against Scripture. However, I do believe that all truth is His, and that biblical Christianity can hold its own, when compared with other philosophical systems out there; His Word is not afraid of a little honest competition.
And it wins every time.
In one of its episodes, the person being interviewed shared the time in her life when she worked as a stripper. She credited that season / job as something extremely beneficial for her own development as a creative and entrepreneur. Her logic was that if she was able to be a stripper – which by the way, she said it was way more difficult than just dance and remove her clothes – then, she would know that there was nothing she couldn’t do. The way I understood it was that by burning all her bridges and exposing herself, she would learn not only to deal with challenges of creating her own business, which she later did, but she would also learn to be resilient, not afraid of shame.
Her story made me wonder how much I’d be willing to “lose” for His glory and the sake of others. Listening to her brought up some questions about what I treasure, what I like, what parts of my cultural preferences I am really willing and able to give away, so that I could be better prepared to serve others, and what parts I hold as non-negotiable based on the excuse that, after all, God wants me to be happy and have my own space.
Has God the Holy Spirit changed me that much? Am I still holding to some parts of my human identity as more valuable than glorifying Him by serving others?
I know it is not the same, but that podcast reminded me of the Apostle Paul. Here is what he said:
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.
Lets take the risk, and in prayer let us ask Him to examine our hearts, showing us if we are holding up to something of our cultural background that we treasure more than Him, and more than those around us.
Remember His grace, Follow Him in humility, Cultivate constantly, All in cultural diversity