“Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.” Est 6:11
If there ever was a man who knew how to remain humble, even when he had every reason to be proud, it was Mordecai. To this day this man of God, a paragon among the Jews of his time, has his story cast in the shadows of what we know of as the story of Esther. He remains now and forever as nothing but a side story in the grander plan of the salvation of the Jews, and I believe that is exactly how he would like it. If, however, I could shine a light on this small but great man for just a moment, we could learn a great lesson in humility.
How many of us when we have done a great thing, at least in our minds, are willing to let them go unnoticed Are we able to just let our deeds be enough for us or do we demand some greater prize? This is a struggle that we are all faced with at one time or another, yet how we answer those questions can be a great indicator of our humility. So how should we act when we have done some deed deserving of recognition?
1. Let the act speak for itself.
Often the first indicator of our humility in these situations can be how we “spread the news”. We should be as Mordecai was in the Book of Esther and once the deed is done, be content to go back to our post and resume our duty.
2. Continue without bitterness
Even when we get the first step right, and we don’t go shooting off our mouths about how great our actions have been. We may still be waiting for someone to notice our “greatness”, and when that recognition does not come we get bitter and angry at those people who “refuse” to recognize our works. So when you get this bitter feeling ask yourself, “Did I do it for the recognition, or because it was the right thing to do?”.
3. Know that God is in control.
The ultimate answer to all humility questions is this, “Are you fine if only you and God know?”. If your answer is yes then you have truly reached the point where you are contented in the place where God has you, and it is there that you can begin true humility.
One last question before the discussion is done, “How do we react when recognition finally comes?” Do we rub it in the faces of all those people who thought we were nothing, or accept it graciously? Mordecai, again gives us a better example than we could hope to receive. He is finally rewarded for saving the kings life. He is driven through the streets with one of the kings top officials shouting how great his honor is in the kings eyes. How does he respond?
“Then Mordecai returned to the king’s gate…” Est 6:12
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