Humility

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
nothing.” 

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. 

Why?

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
humbled.”

Sound like it may be time to hit my knees.

About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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1 Response to Humility

  1. Love the connection between unity and humility! Wish I could come attend the study. I wrote on humility a few days ago. But sometimes it’s easier to write about than to live! Haha!

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