This Sunday our Philippians journey at LPC takes us into Philippians 2:1-4. The title of my message is “The U and I in Unity.”
We’ll be diving into the issue of humility, because humility is the main ingredient in a community, relationship, or any group that is unified. You and I will never attain unity without humility. And the level of unity we experience will be in direct proportion to the level of humility we exercise.
Humility is a discipline. It’s not something that “just happens.” It results from a conscious decision an individual makes to get over themselves.
Humility marks the mature Christian. John Newton put it this way:
“Young Christians think themselves little; growing Christians
think themselves nothing; full-grown Christians think themselves less than
How beautiful is that phrase “full-grown Christians?” Our goal as Christians should be to attain to a level of maturity that can be categorized by “full-grown” (Ephesians 4:11-16 comes to mind). Full-grown doesn’t mean we stop growing, it means we stop acting like my 4-year old.
I love my 4-year old. She is so sweet and so thoughtful. But there come times, many times over the course of a week, where she shows herself to be just what she is: four. As her father I don’t let those times discourage or dissuade me from working to unconditionally love and care for her. I’m not surprised when she acts her age. As a father I work hard to develop her, lead her, and set a context in my home that can provide optimum opportunity for her to mature. But maturity is only possible through humility.
When is it that you and I grow? Is it when everything works out perfectly and we are swept along in a rhythmic current of ease and comfort? No. It is when things are tough, confusing, burdensome, and painful that we truly grow and mature. But I would venture to say that without humility such growth is impossible.
Because humility postures us to look within and ask the question: “How can I change?”
I’ve heard it said that to pray for humility is a “dangerous prayer.” But is it one worth making?
Charles Spurgeon said it this way:
“I believe every Christian man has a choice between being humble and being
Sound like it may be time to hit my knees.