Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. (ESV)
If you spend any significant time on social media you will find a dominant them among those who post things. Many of the quotes that people seem to connect with have to do with reminding us of how strong, wonderful, and altogether awesome we all are. These quotes tell us that we are great and we should not waste our time with others who do not tell us how great we are.
Did you know that God has a different viewpoint? He tells us in the Bible that there is no one who is righteous, not one. All have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. (Romans). He tells us that the heart of man is desperately wicked, a restless evil. (Jeremiah). When a prophet of God saw the Lord he said, "I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell among a people of unclean lips." (Isaiah).
If anyone is to be called a Christian they must come to an understanding. They must admit their sin. A person who claims to belong to the Lord must let go of every last bit of their pride. They must realize that the heart of man is wicked. The heart of man is full of rebellion. The heart of an is prideful.
James tells us in this verse the proper approach in coming to the Lord. We are to humble ourselves. It is the only way that we will be exalted. Sadly, there are many in churches today who think that they are Christians who have never humbled themselves. They are full of spiritual pride. They think that the works they have done will save them. They are in every sense of the word, fools.
The great Charles Spurgeon said this:
"The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation."
Humble yourself. It is the only way to be approved by God. Agree with his assessment of your condition. He will exalt you.