We live in a society that encourages pride, greed and lust. There are multi billion dollar industries that do little more than feed all three in the name of “self improvement” or “self help”. Should Christians exalt themselves? Is self exaltation ever warranted in the Bible? The short Biblical answer is no and no. We are to be humble, allowing God to work in us and through us. He will exalt you in his own timing and ways.
That really flies in the face of a culture that’s been taught to get up every morning look at ourselves in the mirror and recite affirmations about how amazing, beautiful and special we are. Pride is a wicked tool of the enemy, and we live in a society that breeds it, nourishes it, and rewards it. Pride cuts you off from God, quickly.
Self idolatry is very real. We stand in front of our altar every morning, fussing over our temple. What is your temple a temple of? Is there a humble heart within its inner chambers that seeks to glorify and exalt God, or is there a prideful heart seeking to be exalted and worshipped by other people? We are taught that having others envy us is a “good thing” – that is so wicked. Why would you want others to stumble in jealousy or envy on account of you? The world calls this success- to instill covetousness in others is somehow something to aspire to.If you get a moment today look around at how pride is packaged into everything we do, hear, or see. Secular television glorifies pride and vanity. It also sells you the idea you need to look or act a certain way and it often perpetuates a sexualized version of humanity. Social media encourages prideful behavior and bases your “worth” on number of followers, likes, and comments. Secular music, does the same, it promotes the illusion that the more popular and rich you are the more people envy you. Secular music is extremely prideful and full of vanity and self exaltation.
Desire to have a humble heart to glorify only God. The only one to exalt is God, not ourselves. A humble heart is fertile ground for the Spirit to work in. Your heart should reflect the heart of Christ. The more humble your heart grows, the more love grows in you. The more love that grows in you the more you walk as Jesus Christ.
Remember Jesus picked fishermen and tax collectors not princes or kings to be his disciples…
“But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” – James 4:6 KJV
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:” – 1 Peter 5:6 KJV
Exalt only God.
“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” – Psalms 34:3 KJV
“Exalt ye the Lord our God, and worship at his footstool; for he is holy.” – Psalms 99:5 KJV
“O Lord, thou art my God; I will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth.” – Isaiah 25:1 KJV
“Exalt the Lord our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the Lord our God is holy.” – Psalms 99:9 KJV