Thursday, June 25, 2015

Work Principles from King David - Principle #7

Principle #7:  Humility and assertiveness are not exclusives!

In the Bible we're frequently told that we should be humble, but humility doesn't seem to be the way to get ahead in the business world.  How can a Christian be humble and still be successful?   David is a good example of a strong man of God, courageous and brave, and truly humble.

Through his whole life from the time he was anointed to be king, David maintained a truly humble attitude about himself.  Yet he was a bold and courageous leader, and he was very successful in the place where God had put him.

We can be truly humble, as Christians are supposed to be, and still be assertive, still be leaders, still be the kind of people who step up to the plate and face the giants.  You see, the world system defines humility as weakness, but true humility is anything but weak.

True humility is recognizing who you are in comparison to who God is, and acknowledging that God is the source of your strength, your gifts and abilities, and your successes.  It is a teachable spirit and an attitude of total dependence on God.

When David faced Goliath, he said, You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. . . All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and he will give all of you into our hands (1 Samuel 17:45, 47).

David is assertive, but he fully recognizes his total dependence on God. 

God is not looking for namby-pamby people who hang their heads and talk about how inadequate they are.  He’s looking for Christians who are not afraid to get into the fight and do the hard things, but who do so solely in God’s strength, at His command, and for His glory.

So, remember this principle from David–humility and assertiveness are not exclusives - and be ready to stand up against your giants.  But never, never do it in your own strength.  That is a recipe for disaster.  But if you always recognize that the battle is the Lord’s, not yours, then you’re headed for victory in Jesus.

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