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3Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:3-4  ESV)

A dictionary definition of “humility” is, “a modest or low view of one’s own importance.”  I agree with this definition in part.  There is truth to this definition.  The Scriptures do remind us that we need to look not only to our own interests.  Because of sin we are moved to think only of our own interests.  We live as if we are the center of the universe.  We act as if others should organize their lives around ours.  Their interests should be geared toward ours.  We begin to think so highly of ourselves and our own interests that we begin to think less of others.  It’s just who we are.

We do think of ourselves more highly than we ought.

If I were called to define “humility,” I would begin with the dictionary definition, but I would make an addition.  My definition of “humility” would sound like this, “a modest or low view of one’s own importance and an elevated view of others.”  Jesus’ displayed this humble love in His earthly ministry.  When the community ostracized “sinners and tax collectors,” Jesus took time to get to know them where they were so He could share with them the true life that only He can give.

This is the call Jesus gives to us.  As Christians were are not better than others.  We simply have the one thing needful for abundant life and eternal life.  We have faith in Jesus.  Humility calls us to stoop to the lowest of our community and share with them the gift of Jesus.

Heavenly Father, You are so good to me in so many ways.  I thank You for the gift of faith You have given to my through the power of Your Word by the working of Your Holy Spirit.  Allow me the humility to be an influencer through my relationships.  I ask this to Your glory and the benefit of others.  Amen. 

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