Applause vs Faithfulness

This week I’m sharing some thoughts about humility.

On Monday I talked about the pitfalls of pride.

On Tuesday I talked about Jesus’ own example.

On Wednesday I talked about some practical ways to “Do nothing out of selfish ambition” (Philippians 2:3).

Today let me keep that going. Here are a few more down-to-earth ideas about how we can be humble in normal, everyday ways:

–You can help someone—and not expect a thank you note.

–You can be very generous to someone in need—anonymously.

–You can dress with modesty.

–You can give up something YOU really want, because the alternative is better for someone ELSE.

Paul writes, “in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others” (Philippians 2:2-3).

I’ve heard a lot of inspiring stories about people living sacrificially for the benefit of others. These stories are in books, podcasts or TV shows.

But to me, what’s even more drop-jaw amazing is when people faithfully and humbly follow Jesus—regardless of whether or not anyone notices or fills their ears with a crescendo of praise.

Is it nice to get a thank you or pat on the back once in a while? Of course it is. But that’s not why we do it.

A meaningful life isn’t built on the applause of the crowds, but on faithfulness to Christ.

By Matthew Ruttan

–“Choosing Humility” is my latest message about the role humility plays in the process of spiritual maturity. Click here to watch it on YouTube. Or go here and scroll down for the free, audio-only download.

–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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