I must admit I got a little chuckle out of the title myself. I use the term high horse more than I would like to own up to. I will say things like, “Look at so-and-so, they rode in on their high horse” or “get off your high horse”. Just in case you find yourself reading this and have no idea what I am referencing, let me explain. When someone uses this quote it is referring to a person acting self-righteous or pompous. An individual that lacks a sense of humility will choose a high horse as their mode of transportation.
1. Ask God to Perform a Heart Examination
Petitioning God to show us what resides in our heart and mind can be a scary task. God will dredge up things long forgotten. One example is wrongs we need to make right, they lead us on a strenuous trail that ends at humility’s door. It is very humbling when we find ourselves, in an attempt to be obedient, faced with apologizing. Pride will want to keep us on our high horse. If we truly want to disable that horse, we must ask God to examine our hearts.
Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. Proverbs 26:2
2. Understand Our Sin is No Different Than the Next Persons
A multitude of times we reason that our sin is somehow not as bad as what Sister Suzy or Brother Bob does. We are disillusioned in our thinking. Our horse is prettier and shinier. We may be able to visibly see their sins, so we fool ourselves into thinking that we are better than them. Satan has used one of his many devices on you. A haughty spirit has overtaken us.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23
3. Remove the Scales from Our Eyes and Seek Ways to Serve
We tend to bury our heads in the sand when it relates to the poor, the needy, the widows, the orphans and the beggars. Our lives are moving a mile a minute and unless a need slaps us in the face, we miss everyday opportunities to exhibit a servant’s heart. Nothing is more humbling than helping someone who possesses less than you. Whether it is less love or less money, someone is always in need. Often giving is expressed through monetary donations but friends time is a necessity to the spiritually needy. Taking time to put others before ourselves, to serve their needs can be liberating. Giving can knock your high horse right off its legs.
And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:40
My friends I want to leave you with these parting thoughts. We have all owned a high horse. Some of us may keep it in the stable and others may triumphantly gallop in on it. We must show humility to this world, show them the love we possess through Christ. When we are humbled, our achievements are endless. He will raise us up if we will humble ourselves.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. James 4:10
Kelly Comeaux, Chipped Vessel ©