Confessional/transparent post here… Again I bear my soul… It hurts to write it but hopefully it helps someone.
This one is tough… I AM NOT proud of myself.. I hurts to type this but, maybe it touches someone.
I kind of had a high-opinion of myself. Anyone else out there felt that way? I sure hope I’m not the only one. I have some education… I have decent people-skills.. I enjoy speaking to crowds.. and I was kind of proud of that. But the Lord looks at all that and says, “Big whup… Gregg Potts… none of that matters… You think you are some big stuff but you are nothing without me.” And the Lord was and is exactly right.
I love to preach…. but as I have written in the past, there is some affirmation that you get from preaching. It makes you feel good… But, that’s not what preaching is about and Lord has convicted me that I need to be willing to serve in whatever capacity he wants me to serve. If it’s preaching; ok, that’s great. If it’s teaching 1st grade boys Sunday School… ok, that’s great. Whatever it is, I must be willing to do it.
And coming to that place requires humility… humbling ourselves before the Lord. Psalm 51:17 says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; A broken and a contrite heart, O God You will not despise.”
“A broken and contrite heart…” That means a heart that has been humbled.
But how do we get humility? Through the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit convicts us and shows us our arrogance… and our need for humility…
Sometimes, it may mean losing a job to be humbled…
Sometimes, it may mean bankruptcy…
Sometimes, it may mean divorce..
God doesn’t have to use me or you… And, if God chooses to use us, He can put us where ever He wants us.
So, don’t think that you are too important to do some small task.
Jesus humbled Himself to the point of death… even death on a cross (Phil. 2:8).. He calls us to humble ourselves and be willing to be used… whatever that may be.