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, 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 help¬ing 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.
Let us be reminded what Paul writes in his letter to the Philippians…
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:3–11
So let’s seek to model our lives after Christ, who lived in total obedience to the Father’s will in humility. Are you living in obedience to the teachings of Christ?
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