Can I ask you something friend? Is it just me…or is being humble a hard chore to do? You’re probably reading that question with a puzzled look, so let me elaborate a little bit. After being saved, is it hard to act like your saved, or you are the Savior of yourself? Meaning, do you acknowledge that every good work you do is a gift from God, or do you boast in your good works? Jesus said these very words I am about to type that make me convicted at times: “But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Matthew 23:12 NLT
Today’s key verse comes from Philippians 2. The opening verses paint the exact picture of living like Christ did: “Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate? Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.” Philippians 2:1-2 NLT
I know at times that I write a well thought out message or blog, and I eagerly wait for a reply or comment. I hate admitting this, but if I don’t receive any views or likes, I get a little discouraged. Sometimes I even get little tempers and think to myself: “I spent hours typing out these intellectual words and no one has even taken the time to read them and credit me for it!” HELLO! These “words of mine” that I like to claim, belong to God!! The only reason why I do good and love, is because Christ loved and did good first. Being a slave for Christ is for us to humble our perspectives, and exalt our Lord’s perspective. Every thing under the sun belongs to God, we should honor that.
Then verses 3 & 4 connect everything: “Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.” Philippians 2:3-4 NLT
When Jesus came to Earth, He gave up ALL. He gave up his title, His pride, His own thinking. He honored every word, deed, and act in the name of God. He didn’t come to be served by us or to gain praise, He came so we can experience a greater power that reveals who we truly are. So today, when you say or do something good, honor God for it. He is the reason why we are who we are. He is the reason why we are breathing, learning, and growing every day. Let’s all act like how Christ did.