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“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others as better than yourselves.” Philippians 2:3
Now this is definitely one of the toughest Bible verses about humility to read. I don’t think anyone enjoys reading this verse. I can’t think of any command that’s more difficult to accomplish than this one. Isn’t it so contrary to human nature, so contrary to everything our thoughts and emotions tell us? From childhood we grow up striving to fulfill our own desires, searching for happiness and pleasure, and not much thinking about anyone else in our lives. But God commands the opposite. He tells us that other people should actually be more important to us than achieving our own happiness and desires. That’s just plain tough.
But that’s the mandate that Jesus gives us. And He has the right to demand that from us. After all, He himself gave up everything and came down to Earth to give up His own life in order that we might come to have a relationship with Him and God the father. So when He says that we ought to consider others as better than ourselves, what He’s really commanding is that we become more like Him, because that’s exactly what He did. So when you take a look at it from that perspective, it becomes clear that if any of us desires to be more like Christ, we need to have the kind of humility that Jesus had. And that kind of humility isn’t something that comes easily. It’s probably the hardest thing we’ll ever work for. But the good news is that we don’t have to do it alone. If anyone truly desires to have the kind of humility that Jesus had and wants to consider others as better than themselves, then God is eager to give that person a helping hand. God loves to give us humility and won’t hesitate to lend a hand.