I have written in the past about what I call false humility, which involves denying your ability to do something well so you don't appear to someone else as braggadocious or proud. While this appears spiritual to some, it really dishonors the Lord who created you to do certain things well and also causes you to minimize your strengths and purpose in your own mind.
The false humility usually leads to spiritual passivity, a lackadaisical attitude that says, "There should be no hurry or urgency in the things God has given me to do. I can wait." Worse yet is the attitude that your presence and purpose really doesn't contribute very much, so whether or not you act is of little consequence - God will get His will done through someone else.
That, my friend, is a dangerous and erroneous attitude that deprives God's kingdom of your presence and subsequent results that only you can produce. I am thinking of two biblical examples.
One is found in 2 Kings 3:14. Jehoshaphat had forged an alliance with wicked Ahab and they went to see counsel from Elisha the prophet. This is what Elisha said when they came into his presence: “As surely as the Lord Almighty lives, whom I serve, if I did not have respect for the presence of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, I would not pay any attention to you." Because of Jehoshaphat's presence, Elisha went on to prophesy what would happen when those kings went into battle.
The point is: the word of the Lord would not have been released had Jehoshaphat not been personally present. There is also some things that will not occur unless you are present.
The second is the almost humorous story of the sons of Sceva who were trying to cast out demons in Jesus' name as reported in the book of Acts. When the took on more than they could handle, this is what the demons said to them: “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” (Acts 19:15b). The demonic world was aware of Paul and, when someone tried to do what only Paul and others like him had the authority to do, the demons turned on the sons of Sceva and beat them badly.
The point is: there are some things that only you can do and your presence in certain situations is absolutely necessary for God's work and will to be done. As you can tell, point two is the same as point one.
The conclusion of all this is that you must learn to take the power and importance of the purpose you carry seriously and not dismiss it lightly or treat it with a nonchalant attitude. There are people and situations waiting for you to show up to do what only you can do. When you think that your presence isn't important, the opportunity is lost. Yes, God will raise up someone else to do His will in the long-run, but for now, today, you have work to do that only you can do and your presence is essential for that work to get done.
You may think, "I must wait on the Lord" and that's certainly true. But once you have found your purpose, once you see your divine assignment, the waiting is over. It's time to act and act you must, for you carry power and authority in purpose that cannot be replicated or replaced. I urge you to change your thinking where false humility and passivity are concerned and act today, this week, this minute to do the work that only you can do. Thanks, and have a blessed week!
KENYA UPDATE: I sent $1,500 to Pastor Peter this past week and $500 to Pastor Francis for Mary. Now I have a bill in front of me for $1,100 for school fees for five children (like those pictured right} from Alice at Each One Touch One. As usual, I know that God will provide and thank you in advance for your generous support. You can give through my website or by sending a tax-deductible check to PurposeQuest, PO Box 8882, Pittsburgh, PA 15221-0882. On behalf of the children you are helping, I thank you and pray God will continue to bless your generosity.
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