Code of ethics pt. 1
Is there any code of ethics when it comes to God? Yes, there is. One might think there would be so many of them and it would be impossible for us to live by all of them. Good to hold such a thought but God’s code of ethics works differently. With God, these codes are embedded within us and as we mature they manifest in our lives. Let’s talk about two of such ‘codes’ (Humility & Honor) and learn about how God trains and prepares us to be victorious in life.
The word humility originates from a Latin word ‘humilis’ which means ‘low’. The opposite of humility is identified with attitudes of pride, arrogance, egoism, loftiness, pompousness, pretence, lordliness, superiority etc.
Humility is an attitude the Lord desires of us. He is so particular about humility that it is His major if not only criteria for promotion and blessings. From creation to date we have read about how God opposed proud kings and servants. We have also observed from scriptures how He picks people who are humble and makes them prominent. This is how dear humility is to God and the scriptures attest to this by saying;
God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble
A thing to note about humility is that we naturally do not have it. We practically have to allow our whole being to learn humility. When we are humble, God only has to look into our hearts to know. Once upon a time, we were ‘nobodies’, we have become what we are today only by God’s grace. When this understanding hits rock bottom in our hearts, we will walk in humility in all situations. Humility as a code of ethic must not be an act of pretence. In the end, the outcome of a humble life reflects in our deeds. Consider this illustration:
When an inflated ball is held in a volume of water, it will take conscious efforts to continuously hold it beneath the water. If at any time the hands should go off, the ball will float. However, the ball is deflated, it will remain submerged forever. Instead of hiding our balls of pride, arrogance, haughtiness, etc let’s deflate them. The ball represents pride and all the opposites of humility and the water represent man.
As we live in Christ Jesus, we have to deflate all the opposite attitudes of humility we find lurking in us. Occasionally, we may encounter situations that may prick our self-esteems but we must be prepared to deflate it with God’s word. We must remain humble before the Lord, our leaders, our colleagues, our friends and strangers. Often, when I see people in a brawl and they author the words, “Do you know who I am”, I get sad, both at their ignorance and pride. It occurs to me that they have forgotten the helping hand that got them to the status they are boasting about. Beloved, we are clays, God picked us up, polished us and placed His treasure in us. The privileges we are enjoying now is by God’s Grace. So, why the claim of superiority over others as though we are better than them? Never think of yourselves better than anybody.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others
Humility before the Lord means giving reverence to God by acknowledging our lowly state and submitting to Him to lift us up. This goes to the rich and poor, schooled and unschooled, politician and citizen, pastor and congregant. We must remain humble for God to use us.
Humble yourself before the Lord, and He will lift you up