We just studied this week in our mid-week Bible studies one of the most amazing chapters in the entire Bible. In the 6th chapter of the book of Esther, Haman has come to King Xerxes to see if he could have Mordecai the Jew hung on the 75ft high gallows that he has constructed for that purpose. When the King asked Haman “What should be done for the man the King delights to honor? Scripture says- Now Haman thought to himself “Who is there that the King would rather honor than me? (v.6 NIV). Boy is he in for a big surprise. Haman’s thinking goes back to the 5th chapter and the 11th verse where we read, “Haman boasted to them about his vast wealth, his many sons, and all the ways the King had honored him and how he had elevated him above the other nobles and officials” (v. 11 NIV). You see Haman thought everything was about him. He had a huge ego that is about to come to a crushing ruin, all for the glory of God. You see life really isn’t about us but about God.
When we come to the New Testament, we are repeatedly challenged to have a right evaluation of ourselves. In fact Paul states that clearly in the 12th chapter of Romans when he writes “For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you” (v.3 NIV). In writing to the Galatians in the 6th chapter following the challenge to bear one another’s burdens Paul writes “If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceived himself (v.3). In Philippians chapter 2 right before going off on one of the most amazing passages about Jesus’ humility and emptying of Himself Paul writes “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves (v.3 NIV). Think about how much division in the church would be avoided if we consider this simple principle of surrendering our rights before fighting our trivial issues that have no bearing on our eternity. Think of how many churches have split over such things as the color of carpeting in the church or the church sign.
James has a pretty good thought in the 3rd chapter of the his book that I would like to conclude with when he writes “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom” (v. 13 NIV). Let us walk in the humility that comes from wisdom. Recognizing that it is not about us but about the sovereign God of the universe who reigns above all things. If we fail to recognize Him, we may end up just like Haman.
For the King,
Pasto Rich Sivo