'He must become greater... I must become less.' John 3:30 TLB
The Bible describes the call of God as '...the high calling...' (Philippians 3:14 KJV). Yet the higher your calling takes you the lower you must become in your own eyes. That means taking all the big-ups and praise that comes your way and passing them on to God. Jesus said of John the Baptist, '...there is not a greater prophet...' (Luke 7:28 NKJV). Yet John said of Jesus, 'He must become greater... I must become less' (John 3:30 TLB).
Paul had something tricky in his life that he struggled to cope with; he called it '...a thorn in my flesh...' (2 Corinthians 12:7 NIV). We are not told what the 'thorn' in Paul's life was but we know why he had it. Essentially, he admitted, '...to keep me from being conceited...' (2 Corinthians 12:7 GWT). Paul also writes: '...not that we think we can do anything of lasting value by ourselves. Our only power and success come from God' (2 Corinthians 3:5 TLB).
Being humble isn't saying, 'Oh I'm rubbish, I can't do anything' It's when we know that our gifts come from God and that we need his help with those gifts. If we do things without God, even the things we are good at, it doesn't take long before we can't handle it. 'Pride leads to destruction; a proud attitude brings ruin' (Proverbs 16:18 NCV).
So what now? Be humble and needy - this will force you to rely on God for strength. When you put your pride aside, you will be totally effective at whatever you do.
Soulfood: Zech 12-14, Mark 14:43-52, Ps 54, Prov 25:1-3