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by Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
Wayne Smith ministered at the highly regarded Southland Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky for 40 years. The church had grown under his leadership to nearly 4,000 members. Several years ago, Wayne was invited to Georgia to speak at a ministers conference. One attendee at the conference said, We were all country preachers, and we held Wayne in such esteem that we felt intimidated being around him. But it was at that meeting that men of God got a glimpse of what being real was all about.
When Wayne was introduced, he got up with tears in his eyes and said, Men, Im in trouble. Some leaders in my church took me out to eat the other day and told me my preaching was shallow and I needed to study more, and now Im hurting.
Someone has observed that if you pretend to be perfect, people will admire you at a distance, for a while. But if you are honest and humble, theyll love you up close for a lifetime. God used Micah reminds us of this truth powerfully when he said: He has shown you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8 NIV) Walking humbly with God allows us to be authentic. How real are you? Isnt it time to drop your pride and quit your hide and walk humbly with your God?
Author: Brent Nidiffer and Jamie Shell
Publication Date: July 17, 2001
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