2001-09-10-Balanced Humility

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Topic: Balanced Humility

Group: Woods Cross TeaM

Facilitators

Teacher: Abraham

TR: Nina

Session

Opening

I am ABRAHAM. Greetings. I am happy to see so many new faces, as well as familiar ones, this evening. I am filled with such gratitude to Father, for He makes every true thing real. Blessed are those who can not only endure life's trials, but see Father actually working.

Lesson

Humility

Last week we discussed humility and how the humbled person is a candidate for personally ministering to their fellows. "The man who exalts himself shall be humbled." Why? This Kingdom of God is a place of order. Experience seems to bring chaos, but the Kingdom is with organization. There are universal laws to uphold. Universal laws are natural outworking of experience. For a self-exalted one to be humbled is not the works of an angry Father who sees to tame His children's egos, no. Experiencing humility is a universal law and needed to create order and keep peace within the universe.

The man who exalts himself truly feels inferior and never finds that soul-satisfaction that you come to know as you build your relationship with Father. The man who exalts himself is truly focused on spending his energy on attaining that satisfaction from feeling accepted, respected and at home in the world. The focus is kept on the pursuit of that feeling of exaltation which never really comes, so naturally does he find himself humbled time and time again.

"The man who humbles himself shall be exalted." Is that the reward from Father to His listening children? No. A humbled man is exalted because of that soul-fulfillment he receives from having a close personal relationship with Father. What could be more exalting than that? That closeness with Father says you feel at home in the world, no matter where you go. You feel equal with all people, not inferior, not in self-loathing, but side-by-side with your brothers and sisters. The man focused on being humble is a man who is listening and receiving guidance. He feels confidence to move about in the world. He is not held back by opinions, social mores or current fads. The humble man is truly free. A wise person would do well to take their lessons on humility as guideposts to a more enlightened path.

One who exalts himself seeks to serve his fellows in a selfish way, a way that makes people look up to him. The self-exalted person cannot really minister to his fellows, for he has not their best interests at heart, nor does he have Father in the forefront of his mind. His duties are self-serving and possibly damaging to a few trusting souls.

The humble person first and foremost seeks to serve and minister because he loves God. Love is the desire to do good to others. The humble person desires to serve God by serving God's children. Secondly, the humble person has an overwhelming need to serve out of love for his fellows. With balanced humility you see the world as your home and you crave to do your part as a member of the family. You seek not to be put above your fellows as if you have something they do not, no. You seek not to be set apart as special or as chosen by God. You will minister and be ministered to.

The imbalanced minister receives not service from his fellows, for after all with 'his' wisdom, why would he need it? I understand those who feel undeserving might reject personal ministry, but that is a subject for another time.

The Master went about doing good as he passed by. He did not build a great temple to call all those who were in need, no. He did not disrespect his fellows by treating them as if they were beneath Him. He engaged them to participate in their own well-being, their own ministry. He also asked for help when He needed it.

This week I ask you to journal on this statement: "He who would be greatest in the Kingdom must become server of all." Is that even possible in this mortal life? Think about when you do serve your fellows--what is the reason you do it? What do you receive from serving? What do you receive from maintaining balanced humility? Do you allow yourself to be ministered to, not only by your fellows, but your Father? Does pride or fear of looking weak keep you from receiving help? How does allowing your fellows to help you--help them? A few questions.

Dialogue

CALVIN: I would like to welcome some people here for the record, Todd back with us, John's brother from Atlanta, and Vivian, a friend of Ellen W., Wendy, a friend of Tectra, again Heidi, Sarauna's daughter. I think that is all.

ABRAHAM: Greetings. Feel free to ask questions.

Service

SIMON: Abraham, in serving for the right reasons, I wonder if you would go a little more into that aspect?

ABRAHAM: Much of the time Jesus served out of His compassion for people, His love for them, yes. He could easily put Himself in their position and truly feel what they felt. His love for them drove Him to bring them relief. He also wanted to teach by example, to do good to someone then that someone to pass it on. He created a forward momentum of positive energy to those who would have it. He was also on a mission or quest to reveal the Father to men and women, to expose His lighthearted countenance and willingness to do good. He made people wonder what was the source within Him that so inspired Him. Is this answering? (Yes. It is a very beautiful expansion. Thank you.)

Teaching Mission

CALVIN: Abraham, how would you advise the Mission right now in our second phase of stepping out in a Mission calling, more acting out or perhaps another view point being discussed, remaining cautious and listening to these daily living lessons and applying them as we pass by? I think you know the impact of my question.

ABRAHAM: Are you speaking about when or if to take action concerning the Mission? (In part, yes.)

SIMON: Can I expand on that same question? How active to be in putting forward some of the, lets say evangelical or organized administrative activities, something along those lines?

DIANNA: Can I expand on that? What's the difference between being open and be teachable in reflecting Father? For as you were saying, Jesus served as He passed by and being an living example of Father's truth versus reaching out in feeling the need to correct, which is what I think Calvin is saying, another or the world based on those truths? What is the best way to respond? Do you live it as an example or do you keep quiet or read between the lines or allow them to have their experience? How far do you counsel your brothers and sisters on your take of it, if at all? (This question is from a combination of Dianna, Calvin and Simon.)

ABRAHAM: Understood. I guess the first question I would ask myself if I were to spot an injustice or situation that seemed to need attention is, "what are my motives for needing to react? Am I trying to assist or control? Am I serving from a fearful standpoint or am I feeling spirit led to speak up?" I do see some of these Mission situations to be taking too much energy and attention. "Will I speak up to aid my fellows in how I see fit and proper or can I be patient in allowing spirit guidance?" You must look at the possible outcome of your actions. Do you foresee spiritual fruits or further aggravation? Remember you cannot really save or enlighten anybody. You can only express your own understanding. You cannot sway the masses. You cannot bring people to their senses. I cannot say when or if you should take action in these situations, but if you truly believe you are helping the whole, then by all means participate. If you are acting out of a competitive nature, then allow time to purify your thoughts and motives. Am I answering the three of you?

CALVIN: I think perfectly and I think for so many others reading your answer can receive great help. That is beautiful. I can see so much help from that answer. Yes. Thank you. (We all agree.)

ABRAHAM: Well done, for everyone's participation. I understand your deep and abiding love for Michael and His cause. I know you only want what is right and true. Understood. Yes. One more question.

Expression

BILL: How do you balance our God given talents and expressing them completely, regardless of how others appreciate it or that they think you are possibly acting out of pride, or expressing your talents completely without stepping into becoming prideful?

ABRAHAM: I think I understand. How do you continue to express your talents without being held back by others opinions? (Right.) And how do you not cross the line of pride and ego by taking credit for your God given talent? Yes? (Yes.) Good question. It is difficult without understanding the actual talent, but there have been many artists who were ridiculed and thought insane. Creative outlet is a spiritual expression, and if one is devoted to God, he creates for God. It matters not what his fellows say because his creation is for God. To take credit though for your spiritual inspirations is a good way to lose spiritual inspiration. When one verges into the ego it closes off that creative circuit and one becomes blocked and out of ideas. If one creates to bring joy and glory to God he almost despises any praise from his fellows. That is a person with balanced humility. Is this helping? (Yes)

Closing

I will take my leave. I would express to you my unending love and affection for you each. I feel so blessed to be your friend and teacher. My love goes with you. Until next week, shalom.