Proud to be Humble


Few things can compare to impressive Bible knowledge when moving into the "big leagues" of Christianity. Having scriptural answers to all the difficult questions of life sends a message of great faith to others who are struggling.

Unfortunately, having the answers might not get you very far in Jesus' world. In Mark 10, we read about a man who had great Bible knowledge but still missed the point. Being a rich man with an enquiring mind, we can assume that he was intelligent and had the wisdom to make great decisions. Plus, he put his knowledge into action: "'Teacher,' the man replied, 'I've obeyed all these commandments since I was young'" (Mark 10:20, NLT). That is surely something to be proud of! Unfortunately, that is where it often goes wrong.

The rich man had great knowledge of God's word but did not understand the true message. We don't know why he decided not to give all his money to the poor, but we know that the idea made him very sad (Mark 10:21-22, NLT). What would his life be like if it was no longer a display of his intelligence and wisdom? Would he then become just like everybody else?

The danger of having great wisdom is believing that we know it all. It is not a new thing, it has been a struggle of the wise throughout the ages. The great prophet Jeremiah gave the following warning from the Lord: "This is what the Lord says: 'Don't let the wise boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches'" (Jeremiah 9:23, NLT). And centuries later, Jesus gave thanks to his Father for only revealing Himself to the humble. "At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: 'O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike'" (Matthew 11:25, NLT).

Do you often find yourself in a position of guiding others in wisdom? Are you someone whom others admire for your sound biblical understanding?

The great gift of godly wisdom that you received can only bring glory to God if used humbly. Let us remind ourselves that the purpose of all revelation from God is to share Love. "If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing" (1 Corinthians 13:2, NLT).

Scripture readings:

Mark 10:17-31

Jeremiah 9:23

Matthew 11:25-27

1 Corinthians 13:2