Doorways, Not Doormats: The Key To Humility

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6

Humility What is it anyway? If I’m a humble guy, do I have to roll over and play second fiddle to everyone, all the time? Too often humility has been misunderstood as a negative character trait. Therefore, I’d like to help you get a clear biblical perspective on what humility is and what it is not. Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself; it’s thinking more of God and of others. In other words, humility isn’t about putting ourselves down, but rather, about glorifying God and affirming others.

Consider Jesus. He left His place of highest honor in heaven in order to become a man, flesh and blood, here on earth. However, He didn’t tear Himself down or deny that He was a person of value and importance. What He did do is lift others up through His humility and show them how valuable they were to God.

So, you see, the key to humility isn’t about being a doormat; it’s about being a doorway–a doorway through which others enter into the presence and power of God. By focusing on building others up and helping them connect with God, we show them the love of God, Who desires the best for them.

Think about how you can strive to put others’ interests ahead of your own. I challenge you to show others in your home, your offices, or even in the checkout line at the market, how you and God value them. A good way to begin is by asking yourself what Jesus would do if He were in your place.

“What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.” – Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

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Pastor/Teacher at Grace Bible Church in Redwood City, CA since 1998.
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