Poor in Spirit • Devotion #6: Humble Spirit

Being a worship leader is an honor and a blessing that I have been granted the opportunity to hold. Being a good leader comes with many responsibilities not only for the leader but for who the leader shepherds. It is human nature to struggle with wanting to be recognized for our personal efforts. Just about every musician you know has struggled with pride and self-satisfaction. I know this all too well and it is a constant battle with the devil. It is also a responsibility of mine to make sure that anyone with whom I do ministry, be it in worship or not, has the genuine heart of worship towards Christ that is pleasing to Him. Constant self-assessment is pivotal to be successful in a healthy ministry.

When the Bible forces extreme self-evaluation after you are caught in habitual sin, are you upset because you get caught or upset because you can do better? Matthew 5:3 says,Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” I first thought to myself, “Why would the poor in spirit inherit the Kingdom of Heaven?” I researched what some other scholars had thought of this Scripture and came across a great interpretation. The late Billy Graham said to substitute the word “poor” for the word “humble.” As soon as you make that click in your head, it is easy to understand that being humble in all aspects of your walk with Christ is imperative for your reward that is Heaven. Whether it be an event plan in ministry or leading someone to Christ, you must always know that God did the work, He made the way for success, and that He must be given all the glory no matter what. We must not be self-satisfied or proud of ourselves in the ministry that we do. James 4:6 says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Be sure to check yourself regularly in your walk to make sure the devil is not creeping in with pride and self-righteousness.

Think of the moments in your life that make you feel the most guilty. Why? Is there something that you should have done differently or something that could have gone way worse? I will be the first to admit that I have sinned my fair share and then some in my lifetime. However, what I do know is that because of God’s grace and mercy, I am still alive and doing ministry. What is even more important than doing ministry is the heart that is behind it. Are you keeping a steadfast mindset that God is proud of while you are doing it? What can you do to continuously check yourself to make sure you are genuinely poor in spirit?

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