The humble brag

The humble brag

Luke 18: 11-12 “ 11 The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men-robbers, evildoers, adulterers-or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

The humble brag. Don’t you just get tired of it? I see it a lot in ministry circles:

“It was a privilege for me to lead 500 people to Christ tonight, thank you for the invite.”

How wonderful to stand and open up the prayer with thanksgiving?

However …!

He prayed about himself. When will we stop praying the same prayers? Can we grow in our praying? Will we ever turn away from ourselves?!

The humble brag: “Thank you for what you have done for me. In that, I am better than most. Especially than the man next to me”.

Being the better man is not about what you do or don’t do. It’s about who you are.

Yet every humble brag is about what we do. It means very little in the bigger picture of the kingdom.

You may not rob people or God as you give a tithe of your income.

You may even have such self-control you are able to fast twice a week as opposed to those who just have to have it all, the greedy and the unfaithful.

The humble brag deceives you because it points you to your activity and not who you are. For example it will show you of an act of kindness that you did but hides that your heart is unkind. The act of kindness means nothing when your heart is unkind to the man standing alongside you, even if he is a tac-collector.

The craziest thing is that the humble brag happens before God. He knows!

May we speak of Him and less of us.

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