Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Humble Pastor and the Proud Pastor

From Blog09

The humble pastor prefers that if his photo's used at all on church ads, it's small.
The proud pastor likes seeing his face on billboards.

The humble pastor is happy to disappear in a crowd.
The proud pastor needs to be the center of every group.

The humble pastor cringes if people speak of his church as "Pastor X's church."
The proud pastor loves it if he's better-known than his church.

The humble pastor spends much time in prayer, asking the Lord to use his efforts, knowing that apart from the Lord's blessing, he'll accomplish nothing.
The proud pastor spends much time on externals--clothing, hairstyle, cleverness of speech.

The humble pastor is delighted to invite a guest speaker who's a better preacher than he is himself.
The proud pastor wants to be sure that every guest speaker leaves the congregation wishing that they'd heard him instead.

The humble pastor wants to build a godly church, regardless of what other churches are doing.
The proud pastor wants to build the greatest church. He's always competing with others.

The humble pastor never brags about his schooling or his degrees or his famous friends.
The proud pastor loves to brag about his degrees. He cultivates and boasts of famous friends.

The humble pastor won't quote the Greek unless he knows there are people in the audience who will understand him.
The proud pastor loves to quote the Greek.

The humble pastor is reluctant to mention how many people hear his sermons or read his books.
The proud pastor boasts of his media coverage and his book sales.

The humble pastor dreams of seeing many people turned from sin to life and godliness.
The proud pastor dreams of bigger and bigger congregations and salaries.

God opposes the proud,
The self-made men
Who always win
And tell their deeds aloud.

God lifts up the humble,
The meekest men
Who seek to win
His praise without a stumble.

But He gives greater grace. Therefore He says: God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
--James 4:6 HCSB

©2009 James L. Swindle

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