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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

THE HUMILITY OF CHRIST

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”  Philippians 2:3-4
         As believers in Christ we are to exhibit humility.  What is humility?  It is having a proper estimation of oneself, being well aware of both one’s strengths and one’s weaknesses.  We rarely have much of a problem knowing what our strengths are, but it is in knowing our weaknesses and flaws that humility lies.
            Pride has a competitive edge by nature.  We strive to be better than others, to rise to the top of the class.  In Christ we are to learn to do just the opposite.  That fights against our natural tendency until we submit to the Holy Spirit and allow spiritual surgery to take place.  Humility is easier for some, for they seem to have a more submissive spirit.  Others struggle with it mightily.  Being concerned for the needs and interests of others doesn’t come naturally for many folks; however, it is an essential ingredient in being humble.  False modesty has no place in this.  It only comes across as cheap and phony.  We are to encourage and edify or build up others, promote harmony rather than conflict and be a servant to all.  That is the essence of a servant’s heart, placing others above yourself.
            Scripture is very clear that God will meet all our needs according to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19).  That being the case, we shouldn’t have to strive for anything for the Lord has our needs covered.  That should free us up to meet the needs of others as God’s vehicle of blessing.  If we are striving for anything in this life it should be to be a reflection of Christ’s humility, for He humbled Himself by becoming obedient unto death (Philippians 2:8).  Submit to the will of God for your life each day.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The IVP New Testament Commentary Series; Philippians - The Philippians' Affairs: Exhortation to Steadfastness and Unity (1:27-2:18); The Appeal Renewed: Unity Through Humility (2:1-4) … The Content of the Appeal (2:3-4).

Resource: Reformation Study Bible; Philippians 2:3.