I have heard real-estate people say that successful sales has to do with three things which are:  location, location, location.  May I say that the three things which are necessary for a successful Christian life are: humility, humility, humility.  It seems to me that we in the church have said too little about this virtue.  It is a strange virtue in that if you think that you have got it, you don’t have it. You know that if someone is trying to sell you a book on “How I Became Humble,” you know that is a false book.

What is humility? The Latin word for earth or ground is “humus” from which we derive the word “humility.”  Indeed, to be a person of humility, we must be grounded.  Basically, to be transformed by God, we must first be brought down to earth.  We must lose our high opinion of ourselves and admit our worth comes directly from God (and only from) God.

Martin Luther said, “God created the world out of nothing and as long as we are nothing, He can make something out of us.”

God speaking through the Apostle Paul in the 2nd chapter of Philippians gives us the perfect example of humility. He is writing about Christ Jesus: “who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness, and being found in appearance of a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even death on a cross.”  Verses 6-8
The amazing thing about this is that God’s word declares that we followers of Jesus are to have the very same attitude, (disposition) as was Christ.

How unlike Jesus we are when we are touchy, impatient, defensive, self-assertive, unkind. I believe that PRIDE is the basis for all sin.  We are so prone to take a superior attitude – look at me, “I am not like other men.”  We feel good about ourselves when we compare ourselves with others, but how do we stack up when we compare ourselves with Christ?   He is our example.  There must be absolute surrender and dependence upon the Father’s Will.  Death to sin and self.  A vessel fit for God’s use.  A servant of God, through whom God does His work.

I like this bit of verse:  “Within my earthly temple, there’s a crowd; there’s one of me that’s humble and one that’s proud.
There is one of me that’s sorry for his sins and one that sits alone and grins.
From this earthly problem I would be free; if only I could determine which one of these is me.”

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