Friday February 25, 2005
The Pursuit of Humility
To accomplish anything in life, we must set a goal and devote our energy and time to achieving it. Sadly, many people don't realize that God has any goals in mind for them, so they just float through life aimlessly. Not only does God give specific goals to each one of us individually; He also has goals that apply universally to all believers. For example, He desires all of us to commit ourselves to a relentless, lifelong pursuit of humility.
Humility is more than a healthy view of our merit; it is a servant attitude that acknowledges totally dependence on God. Few people are excited about pursuing humility because they considered it to be a weakness. But if we understand what God says about it, we will realize that humility is an extremely significant quality. Philippians 2:3 says, "Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves." In order of priority, Jesus comes first, others are second, and we ourselves are last.
We talk with great emphasis about loving others, forgiving them unconditionally, and treating them with kindness. But the root of these actions is humility. To be able to love and forgive others, we must be willing to recognize their great worth in God's eyes and the magnitude of His compassion and forgiveness toward mankind (Ephesians 4:32). If we think only of how we feel, what's convenient or comfortable for us, or how we can profit from a situation, we're not going to demonstrate Jesus' love. But when humility is our goal, then love, forgiveness, and kindness will grow out of it.
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