When we understand the truth about the human condition, we come to realize that we don’t know it all and won’t always choose what’s best and most righteous. We therefore need God to do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. We stand in a place of humility, needing His grace, not just for salvation but for making decisions in this life, in His Church!
The Human Condition Requires Humility in Decision-Making
1) We can’t trust our own heart. Sometimes our motivations are off which will affect the decisions we make.
The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. (Jer. 17:9)
2) What makes sense from a human standpoint might not be the answer. God’s ways are so much higher than ours.
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (Prov. 14:12)
3) Just because we’re leaders doesn’t mean we’re exempt from the effects of sin on our decision-making.
As it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Rom. 3:10-12)
Humility Leads Us to Make Decisions from a Place of Grace
1) Grace helps us to not think more highly of ourselves than we ought. That, in turn, helps us make decisions from a better perspective. It doesn’t all revolve around “me” or what we see in the world but rather around God and what He wants.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 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. (Rom. 12:1-3)
2) The humble grab hold of the grace God offers, realizing in themselves they don’t have what it takes to make righteous decisions. The proud proceed from a place of self-righteousness which puts them in opposition to God.
But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (James 4:6-8)
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