It Takes Humility

Philippians 2:3-5 “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus”

What is humility…

CS Lewis says humility is, “not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.” As believers humility must be our motto and a way of life. In the Greek the most used meaning of the word humility “poor in spirit.” Humility is not weakness, but instead rightly channeled power. Humility is remembering who we are in the light of Christ’s sinless perfection. Humility is putting others first. Humility is the attitude, “ I must decrease that He might increase.” It is the “less of me and more of Him” lifestyle.

It takes Humility to ….

Inherit the kingdom of God…

Matthew 5:3, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Jesus reminded us that only the humble or the poor in spirit would have the kingdom of heaven. In other words, only those who admit that they are spiritually bankrupt without Jesus will inherit eternal life. Humility is a prerequisite for being saved and a lifestyle for every Christian.

Be great in the kingdom of God…

Humility is necessary to be great in the kingdom. In Matthew 20:26-27 Jesus reminds us that, It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave.”  Here Jesus reminds us that just as He did not come to be served, but to serve we also must commit ourselves to serving others in humility.  If we want to be first them we have to think ourselves last.

Make a difference in the lives of others…

To make an eternal difference in the life of another we must rid ourselves of selfish ambition, conceit, and the strife. These attitudes quickly follow self-justification and self-defense.  We must realize that the truly humble never becomes defensive when falsely accused or unjustly treated. The humble always defends the truth. Why, because the humble is not conceited or concerned with their own ego or reputation. Paul says, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.” The true follower of Christ is always willing to put aside anything and everything selfish and submit in wholehearted obedience to God and His Word.

Receive grace…

God has promised to give grace to the humble, while He opposes the proud. Proverbs 3:34, “Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor.”  And Peter reminds us in 1 Peter 5:5 , “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore, we must confess and put away all pride because when we exalt ourselves, we place ourselves in opposition to God, but when we humble ourselves, God gives us more grace and exalts us (Luke 14:11).

It takes humility to be usable. It takes humility to be moldable. It takes humility to go His way when we want to go ours. We must be a people that does not obsess with our own issues and self-image, but that strives to live for God’s kingdom and His glory. But it takes humility. We can reach out to the poor, the lost, the widow, the orphan and the unlovable, but it takes humility to love them. Humility is what prepares the heart and allows God to love through us the way he loves. To serve through us the way He serves. To lay our lives down the way He laid His down. It takes humility to move through this world with a compassion like our Savior. If we are to move toward righteousness, put the kingdom agenda above ours, and if we are to go where he want us to go even if he requires us to give up things and places we love, it will take humility. If you want God to move through you and take complete control of your life today, it will take humility. Humble yourself before the Lord today and every day that follows. Will you? I pray that you will. 

Lord help us to remain humble so that Your power in us and through us will heal the world, Amen (2 Chronicles 7:14).

About the author : Teddy Ott

Teddy Ott

Meet Teddy Ott. Teddy is an incredible person with a heart to change the lives of others. Teddy has been married to his wife Kelly for 24 years. They have four children: Andrew and his wife Laura Claire, and Mary Beth and her husband Zach. Teddy has pastored two churches in fourteen years of ministry. Teddy wears a lot of hats. He is a husband, father, teacher, a prolific writer, and an author. He has written hundreds of articles, devotions, and authored several outstanding books. Teddy has a passion to write and he writes daily. Teddy is also a leader of leaders. He is not just a leader but a caring leader. He possesses a high level leadership quality that is a definite draw to others. Teddy believes that God’s calling extends far beyond the walls of the church as He calls us to be the church that Jesus is building. Therefore, Teddy sustains a wholehearted commitment to servicing to the Lord every place that God leads him. Teddy has earned degrees in Bachelor of Science in Psychology/Religion, A Master’s degree in Educational Administration, and a PhD in Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth. His plans include writing a 4 book sequel that will inspire and empower a generation to passionately serve God and His church.

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