Humility defined

“Hey, follow me!”

That’s something you hear in a playground or park. One person leads, and everyone else follows.

In Christianity, the Leader is Jesus. The rest of us are followers. But if our understanding of Jesus is somehow distorted that means we can easily get off track.

One of the much-neglected traits of Jesus is humility. Philippians 2:8 says that he “humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”

But if humility is so important, what exactly is it?

Here’s a definition based on something C.S. Lewis wrote: “Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, but of yourself less.”

That means true humility isn’t self-defeating or of the woe-is-me variety. It’s about putting God’s will and the interests of others first. In this way you “lose yourself” because you’re not overly concerned with your reputation, your status, or looking good in the eyes of others. You just want to serve God and care for his people.

So, do you want to faithfully follow our everlasting Leader? If so, remember that humility should be a key ingredient in the cultivation of your character.

Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, but of yourself less.”

By Matthew Ruttan

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