Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. Philippians 2:3-4
The Apostle Peter shares a list of character traits that Jesus’s followers should display that will stand out and ask people why their lives look so different. The last trait listed, and one that lays the foundation for all the others, is humility (1 Peter 3:8). Peter walks and talks with Jesus for three years and sees this is the trait that made Jesus radically different from the world.
The Apostle Paul writes that we are to have the humble mindset of Jesus in our relationships with each other. Jesus, God-in-flesh, makes himself nothing for our sake, being completely obedient to God, resulting in his death on the cross for us. Jesus is our model for humility and, through the Holy Spirit, empowers us to live in humility in our relationships.
Humility contrasts with self-importance and requires complete dependence on Jesus. Humility enables us to give and receive apologies. Humility does not need to prove that we are right. Instead, humility looks out for the needs of others and puts them above our own. It’s not the absence of strength, but it’s holding our strength in the welfare of others. Watch this video clip as Pastor Jeff Manion teaches what humility can look like in our relationships.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Acknowledge your need for God’s help to grow in humility. “God, help me live in humility today. I struggle with humility in the area of _______________. I desire to grow to be more like Jesus in this way.”
2023 SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
Join us all of 2023 developing a different spiritual practice each month. SPIRITUAL PRACTICES are intentional regular activities to deepen our relationship with God and mold us to be more like Jesus.
January is BIBLE READING. Keep track of our spiritual practices at beyondtheweekend.org/spiritualpractices.
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.