Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
Though despicable in the eyes of God, humility can be feigned or faked. Colossians 2:18 touches on this principle. The saints were admonished against demonstrating a “voluntary humility” while being “vainly puffed up” by their fleshly minds. Humility and being “puffed up” are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Yet, these believers pretended to be humble, while they were, in reality, puffed up. Colossians 2:23 reveals a second clear proof that humility can be false. Here the Bible speaks of things having “a shew” of “humility.” In other words, people can “shew” humility while being overtaken with pride. False humility can sometimes convince and satisfy others, but rest assured that God clearly knows the difference.
· (For children): Picking up trash around your yard or at church is never a pleasant job. Are you willing to pick it up when no one is around to see, or do you only do it when someone is watching? God wants us to be willing to do things for Him when only He is watching.
· (For everyone): Can you think of any instance where someone seemed to show humility but was obviously filled with pride? Is God ever fooled by someone trying to deceive others with their feigned humility? Does the individual’s “shew” please the Lord?
· What is really going on within your heart? Are you full of pride or do you try to stay humble by giving God the glory? You cannot be both prideful and humble simultaneously. Do you make “a shew” of humility, knowing that it is feigned? What will you do to seek true humility?
· Ask the Lord to help you to be real with Him and with others.
· Ask God to give you a genuine humility that pleases Him.
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