God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.
Matthew 5:5

Someone is offering you a gift.  You say “No”.  You are not the type who takes advantage of people asking them for your need. You want to take things on your shoulders, find solution for your circumstances and not bother other people. Doesn’t sound bad. In fact, taking responsibility is what is expected from us. But, closing the door for God’s blessing and grace to flow through us, is pride dressed in false humility.

We may be missing out on what humility really means.  It says in Philippians 2:3-4, “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

We should, in humility look at others better than ourselves, praising God for the strengths and abilities He gave us, while looking unto others to have the same access as ours, or probably more. The word teaches us to not boast about anything we have in this life. Our physical attributes, ability, possessions and all that we may attain in this world, are only given to us by our generous God. We can not claim to have entitlement on these things. It is God who gives us the grace to carry out our purpose wherever He has placed us. We should, in every way give back the glory to God with thanksgiving in hearts.

Everything comes from the Lord. All things were made because of him and will return to him. Praise the Lord forever! Amen.
Romans 11:36

However, pride can hide itself underneath our skin and make itself unnoticed. Pride can cause us to reject the grace being offered to us, so we could do things independently and not dependent of God. We may be unaware of it, but when we don’t want to acknowledge that we are incapable, in lack and in need of help, means that we are blocking the door where God’s grace come in. When we want to wrestle in doing all things on our own, we may have pride. We may not be boasting out loud, but the pride in us says, “I don’t need your help God”. False humility will definitely weigh us down, it will never lift us up.

When we give God an opportunity to bless us, whether that may be through people or situations, we are acknowledging that, we are in need of God’s grace. As we receive God’s blessing, we will be filled. We are humbled.. What we receive freely, we can freely give. When we empty ourselves with pride and selfish desire, God can extend his grace, fill our cup and make us over flow.

The first step to a rich and fulfilled life? Put your pride down, open the door of your heart and let God’s grace and blessings come in!

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works,
so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9