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Christ-Like Humility

Philippians 2:3-4

3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

I was talking to someone the other day – and the term narcissistic came up when referring to someone we both know. Narcissistic persons have an excessive or erotic interest in themselves and their physical appearance. Other terms used to describe a narcissistic person might be vain – self-loving – self-centered – self-admiring – self-absorbed – self-obsessed – conceited – egotistic – and more. These certainly aren’t the terms one would use to describe Jesus nor should they be terms that describe followers of Jesus.

According to today’s passage – followers of Christ should be humble. Humility can be defined as being modest or having a low view of one’s own importance. Humility in great people is so rare we often think highly of persons who have accomplished much but are very humble.

A person I have grown to admire because of his greatness in his sport and yet is very humble would be Jordan Spieth. He is only 24 years old yet is one of the top golfers on the PGA tour having won two major championships already. He is a strong Christian and gives all the glory for his ability and accomplishments to God. Jordan – at a tender age has achieved greatness in his line of work and yet has remained humble.

On the opposite end of things is this song by Mac Davis 70’s. In this song he had this line – Oh Lord it’s hard to be humble when you’re perfect in every way. It continues with – I can’t wait to look in the mirror cause I get better looking each day… This must be the theme song for narcissistic persons – persons who think highly of themselves and think about themselves constantly.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 2:1–8 – 1 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 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. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

What an example Christ has given us to follow – being in very nature God yet He emptied Himself and became human – and not only human – but the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world – dying on the cross. We are called to humble ourselves before God and before others. We are called to think of others before thinking of ourselves. We are called to love one another even as Christ loved us. Oh what God could do with a church body that lived this out (mirror up for all of us).

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

August 28, 2017 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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