This month I want to share some thoughts on humility. Philippians 2:3-5 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” The Apostle Paul gave the Philippians a very hard road to run in the three verses.
We should be called virtuous people that have outstanding qualities to employ daily such as integrity and honor. We must be very careful when employing any moral quality unless it is clothed in humility. We can have and operate daily in integrity and be looked at by the world’s standards as a great person, and their accolades would be almost dead on accurate. However, being a virtuous person without humility creates pride, and we know that pride is the bedrock of why there is sin in the world.
We must be like Christ and desire the best for others and put them before us. It is a lofty challenge to say the least. We need the Holy Spirit to help us to prefer others and to do a work in us so we are able to function as we should and be void of pride. It is not enough to be virtuous; we must be operating with a spirit of humility in our virtue.
Even as I write this article, I could take credit and be “puffed” up, but I want to say that if God did not give the revelation of this subject, then how would I know this simple but profound truth? I do, however, get the satisfaction of saying thank you, Lord, for how fresh Your Word is and the ability, desire, and opportunity to share it.
Guaranteed, a demonstrated humility in the here and now will have an important impact on what transpires when we enter the gates of heaven.