By Shane Kastler
Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the late pastor of Westminster Chapel in London, was once asked about a young “up and coming” preacher in London. The young preacher was very articulate and popular. He was also theologically sound, so most Christians were excited about him. Lloyd-Jones was also encouraged by the young man, but he offered a word of caution. He said, “I don’t think the young man has been sufficiently humbled yet.”
Lloyd-Jones was not speaking out of jealousy or spite. He was speaking out of experience. Many times, young people are given to overzealous passions in pursuit of their goals. Sometimes this is good, but sometimes it’s a sign of naivety. Life is a grind and so is ministry. And while a positive outlook and complete faith in God are a necessity; a little dose of realism comes in handy as well. Many times, God provides this humility in ways the zealot cannot see coming. Sometimes the zealot sees no fault of his own. But when a person sees no fault in their own attitude, it’s a fairly likely sign that they are merely blind to some faults that many others can see. A humble self-examination would be in order with a prayer that God would reveal the error of your ways.
One thing about God, He is more than able to humble those who exalt themselves and He is able to exalt those who are humbled. Never forget that you don’t have anything that God needs. He is self-sufficient apart from man. Furthermore, churches were doing fine before you were born, and they will march on after you die. Don’t view yourself as a savior, but merely as a servant. An instrument in the hands of the Master; and be willing to be used in any way He sees fit. “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” (1 Peter 5:6)
You can humble yourself. Or you can force the issue, continue on in pride, and wait for God to humble you. But I warn you; that might get ugly. God is big enough to deal with you; but you aren’t anywhere close to being big enough to deal with Him. Be humble. Be worshipful. Be thankful. And then you’ll be usable, as a humble tool in the Master craftsman’s hand. And God will get His rightful glory.