But this is the one to whom I will look:
he who is humble and contrite in spirit
and trembles at my word.
The week that it was decided that I was going to be the teaching pastor at FCC, Isaiah 66.2 was quoted to me by various people. Only one of the people, who quoted this verse to me, knew that I was being asked to be the teaching pastor at FCC. The other people just brought the verse up in conversations about different circumstances and people. But, I did not find this phenomena of having the same verse mentioned to me accidental, especially when I was praying about taking the responsibility of teaching pastor.
Over the years this verse has reminded me of where I need to stay, not simply as a leader and teacher, but as a follower of Jesus. I must stay humble and contrite. Being in a leadership position brings with it the temptation to want to be noticed. We all want to be noticed—noticed for our looks, our fashion, our accomplishments, our social standing. But, all of these ways of getting noticed, are to be noticed by people. And, though peer reviews and social pressure are strong motivators, the look we are made for and searching for is the look of God.
It's remarkable and gracious that God notices us. But, he notices us not because of our accomplishments. He notices those who are humble. He notices those who aren't seeking to be noticed by others.
This truth is at the very heart of Christmas. Mary was of humble estate (Luke 1.48). Mary was young, lower middle-class, and from a fly-over town. God looked on Mary, not because Mary was accomplished. God looked on Mary, because Mary had the one thing that catches God's eye—she had nothing. The way, that the eternal Son entered into the world to save us, is all about humility. Jesus was not born in a castle, but in a barn. Had it not been for angels making an announcement to shepherds (who were not highly regarded), Jesus' birth would have gone unnoticed. God looks on the humble, because, as the most glorious being in all existence, he is also the humblest.
Seek not to make a name for yourself. Seek not to draw attention to your skills, gifts and accomplishments. Seek to be noticed by the one who made you. Because God is a God of grace, glory and humility—seek humility.