Character of Christs disciple: Humility and Service
Philippians 2:3 (AMP)
3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves.
Humility is one key distinguishing character of a true disciple of Jesus Christ. As described in the scripture, a humble person is one who is not arrogant, neither are they self-righteous but instead they regard others as more important than themselves.
Jesus himself displayed the same humility in that though he was equal with God, he made himself of no reputation and took on the form of a bond servant humbling himself to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2)
The bible tells us that God himself resists the proud but He lifts the humble. Humility is not something we pray for, it is something we put on willingly because the bible tells us to put on humility, it goes on to tell us to humble ourselves before the Lord and He will lift us up.
It is only when we humble ourselves that we are them able to serve others with a genuine heart because we don’t see ourselves as better than them. The more God lifts us up, the more we need to humble ourselves because if we do not them pride can take root in our hearts and we get to a place where we feel entitled to this and that. It is at that place that we stop serving people and we start using people for our own benefits because we have a sense of entitlement and we feel we are better so we must have this and that.
Jesus tells us in Matt 23:11 that the greatest among us will be the servant of all, meaning the more we grown in Christ the more we should grow in our service to others but is that the case?
Jesus did not come to be served but to serve and He did that from a place of humility. May we be his true disciples as we walk in humility and serve one another!