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Since Humility Blesses Others, Adorns Christ,
and Achieves Results,
Let’s Cultivate It in Our Own Lives

By Victor Borchard
This week, we’ve seen these three things that humility does:
Humility blesses others, (Phil. 2:1-4).
Humility adorns Christ, (Phil. 2:5-8).
Humility achieves results, (Phil. 2:9-11).
Since this is the true teaching of Scripture, we should cultivate humility in our own lives. Here are some ways to do that today. Each flows from our passage.
Count your blessings:
Before calling the Philippians to humility in verse three, he itemizes their blessings in verses one and two. In the game of chess, white goes first. In the Christian life, God always go first. We just respond in faith. Since Jesus encourages us, comforts us, loves us, fellowships with us, is affectionate towards us and sympathizes with us, we can be humble. Count your blessings and respond to them with humility.
“1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.”
Repent of pride:
Selfish ambition and conceit are two ugly manifestations of pride. But humility is beautiful. If you’re seeking your own way, selfishly ambitious for the success of self or vainly puffed up with conceit, it’s time to repent. Take off the dirty clothes of pride and put on the clean robe of humility. Don’t do anything from pride. Instead, do everything from humility.
“3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”
Put others before yourself:
Let them go first. Don’t throw elbows to get to the front of the line at the airport. Take the middle seat instead of the window or the aisle. Instead of jockeying for position, push them forward and lift them up.
“3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” 
Behold the humility of Jesus:
We become like what we worship. See him in the manger, born for you. See him washing feet, even ours who trampled his body underfoot. See him on the cross, breathing his last for us. Worship this Jesus and He’ll conform you to His very own image.
“5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”
Hope in eternal honor, not earthly hype:
We play for an audience of One. They hypocrites blow the trumpet whenever they do something nice. But Jesus says they have their reward in full, right here and right now. They wanted a pat on the back and they got it. Sadly, it’s all earthly hype. But there is an eternal honor. That’s our hope. Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord. It’s a whole lot better than a squeaky trumpet.
“9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

“Humility – a freedom from arrogance that grows out of the recognition that all we are comes from God. The Greek philosophers despised humility because to them it implied inadequacy, lack of dignity, and worthlessness. This is not the meaning of humility as defined by the Bible. Jesus is the supreme example of humility (Matt. 11:29Mark 10:45John 13:4-17Phil. 2:5-8), and He is completely adequate and of infinite dignity and worth. Biblical humility is not a belittling of oneself (Matt. 6:16-18Rom. 12:3), but an exalting or praising of others, especially God and Christ (John 3:30Phil. 2:3). Humble people focus more on God and others than on themselves. Biblical humility is also a recognition that by ourselves we are inadequate, without dignity and worthless. Yet, because we are created in God’s image and because believers are in Christ, we have infinite worth and dignity (1 Cor. 4:6-71 Pet. 1:18-19). True humility does not produce pride but gratitude. Since God is both our Creator and Redeemer, our existence and righteousness depend on Him (John 15:5Acts 17:28Eph. 2:8-10).”
– R. F. Youngblood, ed.

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