There once was a man named Naveed who existed in a small town in ancient India. He was fiercely zealous for his passions, dreams, and to one day have a purpose. He wanted a purpose so bad but he lacked a personal relationship with his creator. He knew of Jesus Christ as his God and creator, and some might even say he believed in him, but he failed to repent of his sins and follow Christ time and time again. This man so desperately wanted to have a purpose but was also so stubborn and hard-hearted that he refused to give up his sins and follow Jesus. Some might even say looking at Naveed's situation from the outside-in, that this man was furthest from being a true follower of Jesus. It would take a true conversion experience similar to that of the Apostle Paul’s conversion experience on the road to Damascus to change him.Naveed wanted purpose so bad; but why did he want purpose? Was it for fame, attention, self-love?; or was it to serve others and glorify God? The truth is, Naveed wanted a purpose for selfish reasons and not solely for selfless reasons that would glorify God. If he truly wanted a purpose to glorify God, then he would've walked his talk and shown it by being obedient and not sinning, which Naveed daily and blatantly refused to do. God would not give him his desired purpose yet, because God knew Naveed wouldn’t be able to handle it.Now Naveed was a shepherd who with delusions of grandeur would often believe he was destined to be a king. He would even pridefully compare himself to King David in many ways even though he did not resemble King David morally. One day as Naveed was tending his flock, (of which he was an excellent shepherd), he came across a monk. However, this was no ordinary monk as he was a different kind of monk; he was a Christian monk. This was surprising to Naveed as most of the monks in that area of ancient India were Buddhist monks. The identity of someone being a monk was not synonymous with being a Christian, but once Naveed got to know this monk, he would see that a monk and Christianity could be synonymous.As Naveed was walking by this monk, the monk glanced at Naveed and said “Brother, may Christ’s peace be upon you!”. Naveed looked at the monk and bitterly said, “Why would Christ’s peace be upon me? He won’t give me purpose. All I do all day is tend to these annoying sheep.” The monk smiled and said “None the less, Christ’s peace will find it’s way into your heart. Do you remember King David was a shepherd just like you! When King David was first anointed to be king, did he then ask for a crown and a palace? No, he went straight back to his sheep and tended to them expecting nothing from this world than the duty presently before him. He served God by tending to his sheep in the most direct, present, and the only way he sensibly knew how to at the time.” Then the monk asked, "What virtue did David have Naveed?”. “Humility,” Naveed replied.“Do you have humility Naveed, my brother,?” Asked the monk. Naveed replied looking down as he was shy of his sins at the time, “I’d like to think I have humility. I’m so kind to everyone but sometimes I feel as though my kindness is a mask.” The monk then replied “Often when we feel we are wearing a spiritual mask it’s because we are trying to hide from others something wretched inside of us. It is often because we are hiding our sins or sinful desires. Are there any sins you are hiding from others and attempting to hide from all of creation Naveed? You know it is impossible to hide your sins from Jehovah right?” Even though Naveed lacked humility, he was courageous and honest; and he replied, “Yes dear blessed monk there are sins I am hiding.”The monk then said to Naveed “The most humble thing we could ever do is obey God’s commandments. If you are blatantly refusing to repent, then you are not being humble in the slightest. You cant pretend to be humble, and also no matter how nice you are to people around you, as long as you are still willfully sinning you are not a humble person. You can try and fool yourself all you want, but eventually, if you keep sinning, your pride will be exposed and blow up in your face. I think you need to hear it finally said out loud and to your face; Naveed, you are not humble.”The monk continued, “If you repent of your sins, then you will become humble. If you stay on the path of repentance and righteousness, then you will turn to become humble and discover things about yourself along with the virtue of humility you had never known existed in you. You will begin to bloom like a flower and out of your obedience to God, he will see you are humble enough for the purpose that he has for you.”Naveed replied, “Thank you, monk, for rebuking me. I will repent of my sins and truly follow Christ. I will achieve my purpose of being humble to the Lord. I believe God has shown me my purpose through you dear monk." The Holy Spirit then spoke to Naveed and revealed his purpose of writing stories of humility and other virtues. Naveed continued and said, " It is to be humble and express that humility through writing stories and tales for people to hear. I will be a storyteller who writes of humility. I truly have none but Jesus and only need these sheep and my other companion shepherds and friends. I no longer feel as though I am wearing a mask. Thank you for prophetically seeing straight through my mask and telling me I am not humble. Thank you as on this day I have truly found salvation.”The monk went on his way and bid Naveed farewell. Naveed then proceeded to sit under a beautiful tree and began to pray, “Father God I am not humble. I have transgressed your commandments, and in doing so allowed my heart to be hardened to the point of me deceiving myself and others into thinking I am humble. True humility is only truly recognized before your eyes and not man’s eyes. Before your eyes Lord Jehovah I am entirely prideful, and there is no humility in me at all as long as I keep willfully sinning and trampling Christ underfoot. Please help me to have a humble heart before you. Please Lord let my heart be soft and able to detect pride and any hardness of heart within me. Please God allow me to write stories for you, pray always, and share your gospel and make it until the end of this race called life. I could not handle whole kingdoms as King David did, but I could handle exploring humility, and writing stories, and tending my wonderful sheep all the days of my life”. Please grant my desire for humility.As time went on because of his obedience and true humility to God, his rewards grew little by little throughout the land. Also, his stories of humility, virtue, and wisdom penetrated the hearts of all those who read them and pointed them directly to Jesus. Naveed pointed all people he came in contact with toward Jesus the most gently anyone has ever pointed people to Christ. Naveed found humility, gentleness, and all fruits of the spirit truly for the first time without wearing a spiritual mask. He was no longer the “masked” shepherd but became the most humble shepherd to ever live.The End.