"There are two kinds of people; those who are humble, and those who are about to be." -Dan O'Dowd on MLB Network
Humility is a positive trait that is highlighted time and again throughout the Bible. But in our society, it is quite the opposite. Boasting, drawing attention to oneself, and doing so at the expense of others is often what gets featured most prominently on television and discussed on other entertainment outlets. So we are faced with having to discern which path to follow; God's path, which points to humility, or the world's path, where society seems to reward (and encourage) attention seekers, those who boast on themselves, and those who loudly toot their own horns. For believers, the answer is simple.
"You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God....God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:4&6)
"Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world -- the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does -- comes not from the Father but from the world." (1 John 2:15-16)
Unfortunately, while we may intend to live with humility, it is often something that must be gained through experiencing difficult times (as Mr. O'Dowd's comment alludes to). Fortunately, we have a source for remarkable strength even (especially) when we are at our weakest point as we undergo the trials of our earthly lives.
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
So, let us embrace our weaknesses! Let us thrive in humility, and in doing so demonstrate the wisdom that the Lord has blessed us with.
"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom." (James 3:13)
"Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up." (James 4:10)
We have the perfect example of what love and humility looks like. We saw it personified in a lowly manger on that first Christmas, and again hanging on a cross for our sake.
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death — even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on the 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)
Let us push away from the direction/focus of the world, and instead recognize and appreciate the humility that is alive and well all around us. It isn't as loud, in-your-face, or flashy as many of the things that draw so much attention in our society. But humility is there. Take notice of the quiet acts of humility demonstrated by others; those who assist the needy not for their own recognition but because it is the right thing to do, the person who could be in the spotlight but instead deflects the attention by giving credit to others, and even the humble kindnesses that we do ourselves, but that may go unrecognized even by the ones who we have done them for. Most importantly, let us acknowledge, appreciate and follow the one who is the author and perfecter of our faith. The one who humbled Himself for our sake. The one whose birth we are celebrating during this season.
Merry Christmas, and God bless!
Coach Shane is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband, a father, and an entrepreneur. He is an International Coach Federation (ICF) trained life coach and graduate of the Certified Professional Life Coach (CPLC) program from the Christian Coach Institute. He also holds a Bachelor’s Degree (BA) and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).
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