4. Be Humble
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 faith God has distributed to each of you. – Romans 12:3
I never got the chance to meet Ravi personally, but I felt it appropriate to share this story from author and speaker Jackie Hill Perry. This is taken from her Facebook page:
“About a year ago, I got invited to RZIM headquarters to chat about some things with their team and to have lunch with Ravi Zacharias. After taking a tour of the offices, we were escorted into Ravi’s office. Me and Preston were sitting there, looking like a couple of kids, wanting to say something but not knowing what to say. I mean, it’s Ravi Zacharias for goodness sakes. He’s brilliant! Then Ravi broke the awkwardness by asking about our stories. We told him. Then he asked follow-up questions, about our marriage, our children, our ministries, Chicago, everything and he simply listened. In his office that day, I understood why he knew as much as he did, it was because he was naturally inquisitive. But I also saw why he was able to communicate as he did, because he was incredibly humble.”
As I read this, the one thing that stood out to me is that in this life we have not arrived and we never will. As long as we are in this flesh there will always be more to learn. There will always be more of Christ’s character to be developed in us.
There will always be something we can learn from someone else. That’s why it is so important to view yourself with the proper perspective. This requires you to never measure yourself against your brother or sister. This can lead to either pride (I am better than them) or despair (I can never be them).
There is only one person we should ever measure our lives against, the person of Jesus Christ. This will keep you humble. When he is the standard you don’t have the luxury of “smelling yourself” as the old folks used to say, because there is always another level to grow to and aspire to.
The beauty of humility is that the one who is humble God can use, not just once, but over and over again. For God gives grace to the humble and it is in this all-sufficient grace that we find the strength to be the people God has called us to be. As Paul so eloquently put it:
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. – Philippians 3:12
It’s never easy when people you admire pass on. However, the responsibility is to learn from their lives and carry on.
Recognize that though their work is finished...ours isn’t.
Let’s keep pressing to be all that God has called us to be. The world is truly searching for answers. Let’s be prepared to give them with compassion, respect, and humility.
After all, that’s exactly how Ravi would do it.
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