~ This blog post is an adapted excerpt from a sermon by Brad Ettore. You can hear the whole sermon, The Role of Humility in Our Lives (part 6), from Agathos Church – a non-denominational Christian Church in Columbus, Ohio by clicking here.
Pride is self-seeking. It is selfishness. Pride seeks self-glorification. All of pride is about “me.” Pride wants recognition. Pride wants self-promtion.
Humility, on the other hand is a servant’s heart. It cares far more about others than it does about itself. Remember, humility is not self-degradation. It is simply having an accurate understanding of yourself. Humility is not really concerned with self at all.
How can humility not be concerned with self at all? Don’t miss this . . .
Humility is not concerned with itself at all because it has put itself into the hands God! A person that is truly humble by a Biblical definition is a person who has placed themselves in the hands of God. They have made a commitment – a quality decision – that they are The Lord’s and now they are moving out in service to Him. Because of their commitment to God, a humble servant is no longer worried about themselves. They are concerned with other people’s well-being. They are concerned about serving and being pleasing to God – and therefore they are concerned about other people. They are not worried about themselves.
Humility is really not a matter of “thinking less of ourselves.”
Jesus was perfectly righteous and Proverbs 28:1 says “the righteous are bold as a lion.” Therefore, scripturally, Jesus was BOLD! And the Gospels bear that out. He was loving. He was kind. He was gentle . . . AND . . . He was incredibly BOLD. Look at Jesus with the Pharisees. He never backed down. He spoke plainly, authoritatively, and directly to their hypocrisy. And when they challenged Him publicly, He addressed them on the spot. Jesus did not back down. He was righteous and He was “bold as a lion.” In other words, Jesus had completely entrusted Himself to God, and He was not afraid of being eaten alive by any man. There was no stopping Jesus. Jesus is the perfect example of humility and He was never “head down . . . tail between legs.” Humility, therefore is . . .
not thinking less of yourself, but instead thinking of yourself less.