“Never Outgrow Humility,” Charles Simpson
We continue the conversation with Charles Simpson as he shares about how we must never outgrow humility. You can find out more on our previous conversations on the VFN Torch HERE.
Charles talks about Thomas, who asked Jesus to show him his scars. And He did. Once Thomas saw the scars, he believed that the man was Jesus. Mike Coleman, the founder of Integrity Music, which was the largest music company in the world, said “People don’t believe because we act like we don’t have scars. We need to show people our scars.” Your testimony is one of the most powerful things you have! It is not bragging about sin but showing others how you failed; you are human just like everyone else. Despite that God still met you!
Charles continues, “Being willing to be vulnerable is very important to evangelism,” because God shows up! The lost can identify with us when we are honest about who we are and where we have been because it is only by grace we have been saved.
They continue the conversation looking at why some Christians think once they have been baptized by fire, with Holy Spirit, that they think they have “arrived.” When we receive Holy Spirit, we are to have the power now, in our short life on earth, so that we can make it to the end! Charles points out the scripture where Paul reminds the Corinthians that in Moses’ time the Israelites were baptized into Moses and ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink yet God was not pleased with them all. He is saying that you can have all the spiritual gifts, but God can still not be pleased with you.
God wants to bless us more than we can even imagine, but if He blesses us and then we don’t know how to handle it, it can destroy us! We must walk humbly with God. Charles said, “I don’t think we should ever outgrow humility.” We must know that every gift that we have and everything that we have is only by God’s grace.
Charles Simpson: What would he tell his younger self? + Three Principles that he Lives By
We continue the conversation with Charles Simpson as he talks about certain principles that he lives by and what he would tell his younger self. You can find out more on our previous conversations on the VFN Torch HERE.
Greg asks Charles if he could tell his 18-year-old self anything, what would it be? “If it wasn’t for naivety there wouldn’t be any obedience. I think that naivety is good because then you must learn from God. Unfortunately, sometimes the hard way.” He says that he would say to walk humbly and trust Holy Spirit. Also, to not let his circumstances sway him from his calling.
Charles says that he is thankful that he was taught principles, which he defines principles as something that transcends the circumstance. For example, it is like gravity. He lives by three principles; the first principle is a Proverbs.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
His second principle is to be faithful.
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” Matthew 25:23
His third principle is sow so you can reap.
“A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7b
To sum up, these three principles, keep your heart, be faithful and sow so you can reap.
The next question, Charles answers what it means to walk in humility at a younger age. “Humility is revealed in the ability to esteem others. That is why self-esteem is dangerous…humility is expressed in teachableness, coachableness. Being taught is not sitting in a meeting listening to a teacher. Being taught is when the Word is engrafted into your behavior.” He continues to say that you will find out if you are humble or not when “you are confronted, rebuked, you’re advised, you’re told what to do. When you are given a menial job, you don’t like.” That is how you can tell the difference between a servant and a son by how the person responds to correction. “The issue really is being coachable.” He says he is concerned because many of this generation’s youth is growing up without knowing how to be coached. “If you don’t learn it from somebody else’s mistakes you learn it from your own.” We hope that those that choose to find out on their own what not to do that they don’t learn it too late.
If You Want Success, You Must Serve + The Significance of a Spiritual Father Charles Simpson
We continue the conversation with Charles Simpson as he talks about how we can find success. You can find out more on our previous conversations on the VFN Torch HERE.
Mark Hamby, the author of You Have Not Many Fathers, wrote that once correction comes, it can be misunderstood, but it is just the father or mother wanting them to succeed. Charles is asked, since most of this generation is not coachable, not willing to deal with their hearts, how do we transcend that?
He says that he doesn’t think we can transcend it. Jesus didn’t save His own generation, but He saved a few. There are always a few who are willing to learn. “If you want to succeed, hang out with someone who is successful, and learn how to serve them.” How can we know that someone will serve God when they can’t serve people? There is value in having a good mentor! Any job you have no matter what you do, you will have to serve someone to learn the job. When we go into a Church gathering, we don’t see this mentoring or discipleship taking place; we see a religious relationship which is more of a feminine type of relationship. A man wants to be challenged, so we also need the masculine side of God in the Church.
The next question to Charles is what does having a spiritual father mean to him? “I don’t want to be without somebody that cares for my soul, and I’m accountable to…the fact is you can’t have authority if you are not under authority because authority is transmitted not self-generated.”
It is humility to be under authority, and when you are connected to someone who loves you and loves God, with that person as your spiritual authority, God will speak to them and confirm what He has told you as well. We can’t be alone because when we fall there will be someone to pick us up if we are with others. When we are in our place in the Church it flows because we are all doing what we must do to be a family. We must function and be recognized for what we are. “Ministry or Christianity is not a status it’s a journey. Once you take it as a status you are in for trouble.”