2 Corinthians 15
In our orientation classes we have talked quite a bit about the characteristics that make good team players. One of the most important, if not THE most important is humility. As I read Luke 14 and 1 Corinthians 15, I believe these give us some very practical picture of what humility can look like.
May these be the declarations of how we desire to live today.
- Humble people have the ability to be brutishly honest with themselves. They are able to admit that they haven’t arrived. They are willing to identify the short comings and intentionally work on those. (Luke 14:11 Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.)
- Humble people renounces all that they have for the sake of Christ. This is not just giving up possessions, but it also includes renouncing our gifts and abilities, our training, our work… whatever we treasure! (Luke 14:33 Anyone who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple)
- Humble people consider themselves as nothing (the least of all). When we something, than God is nothing. When we are am nothing, God is everything! (Phil 3:8) (1 Cor 15:9 I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain)
- Humble people work hard, giving credit, not to themselves, but to the grace of God in them. (1 Cor 15:10 On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.)
- Humble people never give up. They remain steadfast, they won’t be moved from their mission, because their focus and source is God Himself at work through them, and that is never worthless. (1 Cor 15:38 Therefore, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.)