A strange thing has been creeping up on my twitter feed a lot recently that boggles my mind, and I don’t understand how it doesn’t set off some warning bells for other readers as well. This “Shameless tweet” idea. A person seems to think that if they start the tweet with “Shameless” then it allows for all kinds of pride to take place in the remaining characters.
People do this when they get mentioned about by others, have a book, blog, cd or message out where they think that they have done amazing, and are “shameless” in promoting themselves and simply saying “look, I’m great.”
While humility doesn’t mean we think less of ourselves or that we must not think we are great, the Bible does speak very clearly about what humility is…
in humility count others more significant than yourselves”1
humility comes before honor. “2
Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight”3
For whoever exalts himself will be humbled” 4
Even if I should choose to boast, I would not be a fool, because I would be speaking the truth. But I refrain, so no one will think more of me than is warranted by what I do or say.”5
Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.” 6
Biblical humility simply yet difficultly is these things; to promote others as though they are better than you, to not think of yourself as clever, but let someone else tell you if that’s the case, don’t attempt to get others thinking you are something great because humility must come before the honor does.
What these tweets become is a “me” show. “Download me, look what I did, I am talented, I am accomplished, I am happy with my hard work so you should be too, I think I’m worth promoting…” Perhaps some of this is with right motive, one of those really “genuine” guys, or it’s for a good cause. But that seems like a far fetched idea to see all of that me-ism, then try to claim it as glorifying God. It’s glorifying self. It’s pride. It’s sin.
“How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God” 7 So often we are too busy trying to get the world to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Subscribe to us on iTunes, that we may lose focus on who it is we are actually trying to please with our awesome sermon, or great worship song.
Audience matters, we know this; reach matters, its the commission ; content is key, useless without it. But what’s the point of it all? Is it to create a message, post, page or song that makes people happy, or even ensures that people like you and your style. Or is that that God receives all honor and all the glory from our life of worship [in and through these things.]
“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”8 Try that difficult challenge for a change. Impact? – you bet you’ll have it; Reach? – far beyond your pride ; Truth? – boasting in Christ alone. All these things are of infinitely greater importance than all that we can say, sing or do for or about ourselves.
“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. ” 9
1. Philippians 2:3 | 2. Proverbs 15:33 | 3. Isaiah 5:21 | 4. Matt 23:12 | 5. 2 Cor 12:6 | 6.Proverbs 27:2 | 7. John 5:44 | 8. 2 Cor 11:30 | 9. Galatians 6:14