Day 63: humility
This verse from today’s Philippians lesson really has stuck with me, especially in light of a conversation Landon and I had with one of the ministers at our church. (To read that story, go and read Landon’s post…he does a great job of telling it and I say ditto to it all. It was hard to hear, but it was such a tangible reminder, and I think a gift from God, to show us where our hearts were, are, and need to be. https://medium.com/@landon/admitting-i-was-wrong-9a537c3a8a44)
Anyway, the part of today’s lesson that really hit home with me was this:
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2: 3–4
Something we’ve really been learning over these last few months is that just saying that we believe in God and in the holiness of the scriptures, but then going about living our lives however we want , isn’t ok. God is God. We need to live like it. And the Bible is His inspired word—meaning, He meant what is said in it. Even the really hard verses. And this verse, in humility consider others more significant than yourselves, is both super challenging and convicting to me. Yet, this is exactly what Jesus, the Son of God, God in the flesh, did when He came to earth to give Himself as a sacrifice for us. That is still so crazy to think about it, when I really stop to consider it, that our God loves us that much.
Like so much of Christianity, humility and pride are all in your heart. I can look to the world like a humble person, but if I’m prideful in my heart, that is all that matters. What pleases and displeases God is often what is invisible to the world, but very visible to Him.
So that’s my thought for tonight. In humility, count others more significant than myself. Day in and day out, in the big moments and the little. With my husband. With my 7 month old. With my 3 year old. With my friends. With my parents. With my brothers. With my in-laws. With my sisters-in-law. With my brothers-in-law. With my neighbors. With those I get along well with. With those I don’t get along well with. With my acquaintances. With strangers. There is no caveat, no “consider them in humility if they….”. Consider others better than yourself, all the time, every time.
And love like that, if we could even do that halfway because I know I’ll never be able to do it perfectly, is what draws people to Christ. Love like that, that truly loves people as Christ did, draws people to Him.
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